A strong community depends on an accessible and affordable food system – one that meets current food needs and builds capacity to provide healthy food for generations to come. Yet, in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area, approximately 100,810 people (12.5%) experience food insecurity, meaning they do not consistently know where their next meal will come from. More troubling are the pockets of deep food insecurity that exist in northeast, southeast, and northwest Omaha, and portions of Pottawattamie County, where food insecurity rates can reach as high as 48.5%. Food insecurity is even more common among families with children.
We envision a food-secure community where every person in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area has access to an adequate supply of nutritious, affordable and culturally-appropriate food to be productive members of our community.
Abundance. There are sufficient resources in this community to meet the vision of equitable access for all.
Food is a Right. Food is essential to survival. It is a basic human need and an integral part of daily life, social experience and cultural vitality.
Equity. A food secure community ensures all individuals have equitable access to sufficient nutritious foods that are affordable and culturally acceptable.
Dignity. Everyone is treated with compassion and respect regardless of their resources, education, or walk of life. This behavior lifts people up by fostering authenticity, grace, gratitude and honest communication.
Systems Focused. A sustainable food secure community understands the interconnected relationships within a food system and between the food system and other societal issues such as poverty, employment,and housing. Goals and action steps are mindful of those interdependencies throughout.
Collaboration. A food-secure community is achieved by individuals, private, public and nonprofit
organizations working across multiple domains and levels in a shared direction. Through these
collaborations come aligned goals, coordinated efforts, and leveraged resources.
Health. A healthy food system does more than fill stomachs; it also fuels bodies and minds leading to strong community members who enjoy a high quality of life where diet does not lead to chronic disease.
The Healthy Food For All plan was published in November 2018
The first Share Our Table Summit was held on June 28, 2019, to celebrate the planning process and to prepare for action.
In summer 2019, The Wellbeing Partners (formerly known as Live Well Omaha) was selected to be the convener for the Share Our Table coalition.
August 2019 was the official launch of Share Our Table's work, beginning with leadership elections and workgroup formation.
We invite more organizations and community members to participate. Membership is open throughout the year.
Work Groups & Long-Term Goals
Resident Engagement Committee Priority
Engage with people with lived experiences of food insecurity
Get involved by joining a committee, workgroup, and/our Leadership Council.
Leadership Council consists of Work Group Leads, Executive Committee, and organizations and residents who are committed to the Share Our Table vision
Work Groups: Carry out the goals of the Food Plan
Committees: Address other special topics, as needed, to promote Share Our Table’s vision
Goal 3: Community members have knowledge and skills to grow, select, and prepare nutritious food to maximize resources.
Work Group 3 Priority
Improve nutrition in child care settings
Goal 4: Catalyze community change around food system challenges and root causes of hunger.
Work Group 4 Priorities
Increase capacity to advocate jointly on core issues
Engage partners across the food system in advocacy on food security issues across domains
Goal 1: All community members have equitable and adequate access to nutritious food.
Work Group 1 Priorities:
Integrate best practices in emergency food providers (pantries) to ensure all have access to nutritious foods with dignity
Ensure meals are available to all who are hungry
Goal 2: Food is produced and distributed in ways that create a sustainable system that values workers, consumers, and the land.
Work Group 2/Local Foods Coordinating Council (Heartland 2050) Priorities:
Pass an Urban Ag Ordinance
Develop a Food Equity Scorecard
Address farmland sustainability