Culinary Students End 2020 On a High Note

This month, we celebrate the graduates of the 10th cohort of the Culinary Certificate Program. Nematullah, Hanan, Tamara and Jawaher were the first group of students to engage in a hybrid of in-class instruction, virtual instruction and self-paced learning. During the eight weeks of the program, the students learned essential culinary skills then applied them while working side by side with volunteers and staff to execute meal production and packaging for the Community Harvest and Feeding Our Neighbors programs. We can’t wait to see what they do next on their culinary journeys!

Let's Celebrate!

In lieu of hosting an in-person graduation ceremony, Chef Instructor Fraire and Culinary Certificate Program Coordinator Chef Hill made this special message in their honor. Click the button below to check out the Cohort 10 Graduation Video.

Apply for cohort 11 of the No More Empty Pots Culinary Certificate Program (CCP)

Cohort 11 will run for 8 weeks from February 8 to April 2. Click below to fill-out and submit your application form. If you have additional questions, please contact us at 402-979-5478 or email

The Feeding Our Neighbors program was designed as an emergency response to urgent food insecurity. We know that food insecurity affects our neighbors within city boundaries and in rural communities. This month, NMEP collaborated with colleagues at WellCare Healthy BlueNebraska ImpactNebraska Emergency Management Agency and NORM WAITT SR YMCA to provide 500 locally sourced and curated food boxes including fresh spinach, sweet potatoes, potatoes, carrots squash, garlic, onions, rosemary, a whole chicken and a cookbook. With focus and intention to support our neighbors in South Sioux City, No  volunteers and staff worked diligently to procure, pack and ultimately deliver the eight pallets of food to our neighbors in South Sioux City.  

In true 2020 fashion, plans changed and a pivot ensued to ensure the delivery.  

It takes a community to support a community. In 2020, you supported serving neighbors in 47 zip codes in Nebraska and Iowa with over 50,000 meals and 80,000 pounds of fresh local produce. Your everlasting care for people is amazing. Because of you, each person receiving meals and fresh produce has felt the care of a community.  And in your caring, you have also economically supported local farmers and producers in our local foodshed.

This pandemic will have a lasting effect in our communities, for us and our neighbors. There has been tremendous loss, grief and pain in 2020. But there have also been moments of indescribable joy and gratitude. Your care and contributions in every way that you can imagine has meant the world to each of us.

Thank you for showing up and modeling what it means to be a community of people who care about our neighbors!

Get Local Foods Delivered to You Weekly

We believe eating healthy, local and fresh should be easily accessible for all. Through Community Harvest market price for meals is currently $5 and CSA’s are $20 or you can participate through our Pay What You Can Model.

Emergency Food Relief is Still Available

If you or someone you know is in need of immediate food support, click the button below to complete the Feeding Our Neighbors registration form or email

Volunteer to Feed the Community

NMEP is working hard to meet the current emergency food demand with available resources. If you are healthy and able to join us in this effort, we have several days and shifts available! Assist us with preparing nutritious foods, packaging meals, or processing produce. You may be involved however you are most comfortable. We will maintain a 6 ft rule and high sanitation standards.

No More Empty Pots & Omaha Performing Arts Invites You for Dinner and Discussion

Sunday, January 17th at 5pm | YouTube & Facebook

Food is rooted in Black culture and history. It’s also at the heart of health issues that challenge our community. We invite you to join us on Facebook and YouTube to cook and engage with NMEP and OPA for a casual Sunday dinner.

We will cook and discuss the history of food, cooking and preparing food as an art form and its impact on our mental health. Jade Rogers, Founder, and Chief Innovation Officer of The House of Afros, Capes & Curls will moderate the discussion. Panelists include Nancy Williams, Co-founder/Chief Executive Officer at No More Empty Pots and Mariah Henry, Production Manager at No More Empty Pots.

Cook With Us Now

The first 50 people to register will get a FREE meal kit to cook along with us, delivered by No More Empty Pots. Sign up below or download the recipe to cook with us on your own later.

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