Why it Matters

  • 1 in 5 children under the age of 18 years old goes to bed hungry every night in the Greater Omaha area
  • 1 in 6 adults in Nebraska reported not having enough money to buy food.
  • In Nebraska, 96,700 children or 1 in 5 aren’t sure where their next meal is coming from.
  • 20% of Nebraska’s children are at-risk for hunger
  • Food comprises 17% of Nebraska’s municipal waste stream; making it the third largest contributor to landfill waste in the state and first in Omaha.
  • While food waste can be recovered, it’s expensive and requires vehicles that are exclusively utilized for food waste collection.
  • Efforts to reduce food waste happen in our homes and community and can be healthy, economical, and environmentally friendly.
  • A family of four wastes nearly $600 a year throwing out food
  •  Of all lower income children living in Nebraska, over 44% aged 2-5 are either overweight or obese; over 47% of those aged 10-17 are either overweight or obese. Regular access to healthy, nutritious meals can make a difference for these children.
  • The presence of “food deserts” within low income and rural areas make it difficult for those without personal transportation to access the wide variety of affordable, nutritious foods.
  • Nebraska is ranked #1 in commercial red meat production; #2 in the total value of its cattle; #3 in corn for grain production; #37 in summer meal participation and #46 in school breakfast participation.
  • In Nebraska, only 38% of those eligible for free/reduced lunch are eating school breakfast and only 10.6% are utilizing the USDA summer meals program.
  • 40,000 children die every day worldwide due to starvation and hunger-related diseases
  • 17 million children in the United States come from food insecure households
  • More than 16 million children in America struggle with hunger; less than half of all eligible children receive a free or reduced price school breakfast
  • Eligibility for SNAP (Food Stamps) benefits requires that the applicant work 30 hours per week or have an exemption from work activity.
  • According to a USDA report, 19% of Nebraska SNAP recipients were children under the age of five; 31% were children between five and seventeen; 7% were over sixty. Ninety five percent of all program recipients in Nebraska were US born citizens.
  • According to the Organization for Economic Development and Co-operation (OECD), the percentage of children living in poverty within the United States, arguably among the richest countries in the world, is 22% – lower only than Turkey, Chili and Mexico. Of the 34 member countries within the OECD, the United States ranked 31st in caring for its most vulnerable citizens.