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Healthy Food Access (HFA) is a collaborative project between Community Action and the Food Bank of Lincoln to increase access to healthy foods in Lincoln, particularly for children living in the city's highest needs neighborhoods. The project responds to a need to connect children to foods that will support their long-term development and health. It is made possible by Community Health Endowment of Lincoln (CHE), and was selected as one of two "legacy projects" to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

With generous support from CHE, the following will occur by spring of 2019:

  • A 5,000 square foot commercial kitchen will be constructed at Community Action's 210 O Street location. The kitchen will be used by Kinder Bites to prepare healthy meals (utilizing fresh produce and other ingredients) for children participating in the Food Bank's Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), Community Action's Head Start program, and other early care centers across the city. More than 100,000 hot, healthy meals will be prepared and served annually. In addition, the kitchen will be used by Lone Tree Foods to wash, cut, and package locally sources foods (produce, meats, and cheeses) to larger retail markets. This will result in increased access to locally grown foods in Lincoln and decreased food waste. 
  • A produce vehicle will be purchased by the Food Bank and will deliver fresh produce to Lincoln's highest needs neighborhoods (including those with high poverty rates, high obesity rates, and low access to healthy foods as highlighted in CHE's Place Matters study). As much as 3,000 pounds of fresh produce will be delivered each week. 

This project is the first step in a larger movement to connect those with the greatest risk for health disparities to the foods they need to thrive. 

Interested in learning more or sharing ideas? Contact: 

Ingrid Kirst
Healthy Food Access Collaboration Manager
(402) 730-2532 

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