In recognition of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week November 15-22, Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue and the Stephen Center are hosting a virtual Omaha Hunger Experience on Thursday, November 19. The public is invited to take part in this unique in-home dining event that highlights the disparity between those who are hungry and those who have enough to eat. Tickets are available now.

Omaha Hunger Experience participants will receive a heat-and-eat gourmet take-home meal for four and a sack supper representing a typical meal of someone living in poverty. Back at home, individuals will heat the food at a time that works for them. They will draw cards to discover whether their luck provides them with the gourmet dinner or the poverty meal. Educational materials in the kit and an online video will round out the experience that leads groups through what it is like to be hungry and homeless.

“We have neighbors right here in the Omaha Metro Area who go hungry each day. Nearly 12.5% of our population struggles with food insecurity, and the pandemic has only made things worse,” said Beth Ostdiek Smith, Saving Grace founder and CEO.

“Stephen Center serves over 200,000 meals to homeless and low-income men, women and children each year,” Michael Wehling, Stephen Center executive director, said. “Food insecurity and homelessness usually can’t be pinned on just one problem. This event is designed to shine a light on what it is like to experience hunger and homelessness.”

The event cost is $75 per kit. The registration deadline is Tuesday, November 10. Meal kit pickup will be at American National Bank at 90th and Dodge from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 19. Participants can also donate a turkey or ham for the hungry at pick-up, and they receive a free dessert, while supplies last. Learn more, view meal choices and register at

All proceeds benefit Stephen Center and Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue. The event is sponsored by American National Bank and produced by WMK Media Enterprises.