Mayor Chris Beutler and Lancaster County Commission Chair Larry Hudkins today commended City and County employees for donating $20,344 and more than 5,051 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 workforces of the City of Lincoln and Lancaster County have again this year provided great leadership in caring for all of our citizens," said Young. "The food and funds gathered by this year's City-County drive will benefit thousands of Lincoln families and individuals. Our partners at the City and County inspire us and lift the lives of their fellow citizens. We are grateful."
The City-County campaign was coordinated by Minette Genuchi in the County Commissioners Office and Elaine Severe at the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.
"There's a lot of energy and a loyal commitment displayed by the various City and County departments during our annual food drive," said Severe and Genuchi in a joint statement. "The effort put forth by the employees combined with the tremendous support we receive from our department directors and elected officials has given us all a chance to make a big difference in our community."
Genuchi and Severe said the numerous fundraisers included bakes sales, taco and pizza sales, a silent auction, ice cream sundae sales and an employee picnic. Over 1,728 pounds of food was collected during a Lancaster County Court competition to see which team could collect the most.
More information on the Food Bank of Lincoln is available by calling 402-466-8170 or visiting lincolnfoodbank.org.