one meal. many stories.
For every dollar donated in support of the NMEP Community Harvest Program, a farmer sells more produce, more chefs have jobs making healthy meals, and families become more food secure.
No More Empty Pots Community Harvest Program seeks to improve food insecurity for families by providing healthy, locally sourced prepared meals. When a family receives a Community Harvest Meal, we know that "one meal has many stories".Help a family receive many meals and be a part of their stories when you support No More Empty Pots!
reality of hunger in nebraska
people are struggling with hunger - and of them 82,370 are children.
STORIES: FROM FARMER TO FAMILY
Each Community Harvest Meal takes its own journey. From the farmer who provides the produce, to the production team and volunteers that prepare, cook and package the meals, to the program staff that deliver to sites in the community, and finally, in the hands of families in need. These are some of their stories.
jORDAN GROWS REAL SUSTENANCE AND JOY
Jordan from Middle Way Farm is one of the many producers that No More Empty Pots utilizes to get the freshest local produce. He has had wide exposure to agriculture, from managing a student garden, starting a community garden, and working at a certified organic vegetable farm. In 2013, Jordan started Middle Way Farm on 1/3 acre of leased land, farming part time. He is now farming full time on 4 acres. When asked what he found most rewarding about his work, Jordan said, "Personally getting to spend so much time outdoors in direct relationship with nature is very satisfying; being able to use that time to produce a tangible product that provides real sustenance and joy." He is proud that his produce is being used to create meals to feed individuals facing food insecurity. Jordan believes that the food systems should be set up in a way that provides resources for all.
Jordan Scheiebl: Middle Way Farm
REESE COOKS UP A WAY TO HELP
Reese, a graduate of the Culinary Workforce Training Program is very familiar with Community Harvest. During his ten weeks on site, Reese spent two days a week preparing, cooking, and packaging meals for the program. Not only did his culinary knowledge grow, Reese and his fellow students knew they were fulfilling a need in the community. Through the program, Reese was able to engage face-to-face with some of the people receiving meals. Creating meals for our neighbors sparked the desire to do more. During the last four weeks of their program, CWTP students came to the Food Hub to turn leftover food into meals which they then delivered to the Siena/Francis House.
Reese Tillman: CWTP Student
CREATOR VOLUNTEERS SERVE AND GROW
Kara is just one of the many individuals who have volunteered at No More Empty Pots. The production kitchen has been full of helping hands. Kara has enjoyed her experience here and finds the work meaningful, "I like to think that those meals are fulfilling and comforting to people who really need it. I hope my contribution is making a difference in the health and happiness of those in need, even in a small way." Kara plans on being a weekly volunteer at NMEP, continuing her important role in the Community Harvest program!
Kara Grate: Community Harvest Program Volunteer
ELIJAH APPRECIATES HARD WORK OF OTHERS
Elijah is one of the many participants in Community Harvest. He started receiving meals in September. He has enjoyed the meals, particularly the nutrition they add to his diet. Elijah is grateful for the work of the farmers, the production team, and the volunteers, all of which make the meals possible.
Elijah: Community Harvest Prepared Meals Recipient