Hunger Relief and Healthy Food Access

Healthy Food Access

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.

Here are the two ways this project is providing healthy food to Lincoln:

  • A 5,000 square foot commercial kitchen has been constructed at Community Action's 210 O Street location. The Healthy Food Access Kitchen is used by Kinder Bites to prepare healthy meals with fresh produce and other ingredients for children participating in the Food Bank's Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and early care centers across the city. More than 168,000 hot, healthy meals will be prepared and served annually. In addition, the kitchen will be used by Lone Tree Foods, a local food sales and distribution company, to wash, cut, and package locally sourced 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. 
  • The Lincoln Fresh truck, operated by the Food Bank, delivers 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 many as 3,000 pounds of fresh produce are 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. 

To access free fruits and vegetables through Lincoln Fresh:

View Lincoln Fresh’s route on the Food Bank’s website.

To learn more about the Summer Food Service Program: 

Visit the program page on the Food Bank's website.

Interested in learning more or sharing ideas? Contact: 

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