Mayor Chris Beutler and Lancaster County Commission Chair Deb Schorr today commended City and County employees for donating $25,072 and more than 4,575 pounds of food and personal items to the Food Bank for Lincoln. Food Bank Director Scott Young said the annual City-County Food Bank Drive is a key part of the annual Campaign Against Hunger.
"The Food Bank of Lincoln is so grateful to the faithful workforce and leadership of Lancaster County and the City of Lincoln," said Young. "Again this year, the City-County Campaign Against Hunger is leading the way to alleviate hunger in southeast Nebraska. The food and dollars gathered during this year's campaign give us great momentum going into what should be our busiest fall ever. Their support will enable us to feed thousands of individuals and families in Lincoln and Lancaster County."
The City-County campaign was coordinated by Minette Genuchi in the County Commissioners Office and Elaine Severe at the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.
"It was great fun to see the creativity and synergy displayed by the various City and County departments this year," said Severe and Genuchi in a joint statement. "From donating food to attending department fundraisers, we could not achieve the success we do without the support of our department directors and elected officials. Even during the downturn of our economy, monetary contributions continue to increase."
Genuchi and Severe said the numerous fundraisers included bakes sales, a silent auction, bingo, ice cream sundae sales, an employee picnic and a rummage sale. Lincoln City Libraries held a competition to see who could build the most creative sculpture from the donated food items.
More information on the Food Bank of Lincoln is available by calling 402-466-8170 or visiting lincolnfoodbank.org.