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Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman declared the week of June 4th as 10/11 Can Care-a-Van Week in Nebraska. In the proclamation, Heineman calls upon the people of Nebraska to observe this week by donating canned food and funds.
Since 1988, the 10/11 Can Care-a-Van has raised more than 3 million pounds of food to feed Nebraska families in need. This year, the Nebraska Farm Bureau and the Nebraska Dietetic Association have teamed up with Ch. 10/11 to collect food in twenty Nebraska counties for the 25th annual drive.
10/11’s Can Care-A-Van will be on the road June 4th-9th visiting the communities of Superior, Fairbury, Aurora, Sutton, Auburn, Nebraska City, Columbus, Grand Island, Geneva, and York. 10/11 News personalities and volunteers from the Nebraska Farm Bureau and local food pantries will be on hand to help collect donations. 10/11 will air daily reports from each community. All of the food collected in each community remains in that community to help people from that local area. While the Can Care-a-Van is on the road in rural Nebraska, collection barrels will also be available at Lincoln Hy-Vee stores. Items collected in Lincoln will benefit the Food Bank of Lincoln.
“When we first started this project, I never imagined our food drive would grow into something this big,” said Joanne Komenda, the CCAV’s coordinator and founder. “Twenty-five years of serving local pantries and the families who use them is certainly something to celebrate!”
The Nebraska Farm Bureau signed on for the third consecutive year as the Can Care-a-Van’s corporate sponsor. “Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers work hard 365 days a year to provide safe food for your family and theirs,” said Steve Nelson, Nebraska Farm Bureau President. “The 10/11 Can Care-a-Van is one of many ways Nebraska farmers and ranchers help others in their communities. We will be there to show our support and collect donations during the Can Care-a-Van.”
The Nebraska Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (NAND) has also joined forces with the collection for the 2nd consecutive year. NAND representatives at collection sites along the route will be available to answer nutrition questions and pass out some fun kitchen gadgets. “NAND is so excited to be involved in the Can Care-a-Van again this year,” said NAND representative Amanda Jochum, RD, LMNT. “As registered dietitians, we work hard every day to help families plan for and prepare healthy, safe, nutritious meals for their families. We want to ensure that is possible for every family in Nebraska.”
10/11 will also feature an outstanding community volunteer from each town along the main route with a Can Care-a-Van Spirit Award. The Spirit Awards will be announced during 10/11 News to correspond with that day’s Can-Care-A-Van town, and will honor someone involved with that town’s food pantry and the Can-Care-A-Van efforts.
History of the 10/11 Can Care-a-Van:
The Can Care-a-Van began in 1988, stemming from the national “Farm Aid” effort. It began as a 12-day food drive, but was shortened to a six-day drive in 1998. Since its creation, the Can Care-a-Van has visited numerous towns in southeast and central Nebraska, AND in northern Kansas (also in the KOLN/KGIN coverage area). Last year, the Can Care-a-Van collected 209,750 lbs.