Since 1988, the 10/11 and NBC Nebraska Can Care-a-Van has raised more than 4 million pounds of food for families in need. This year, during the 30th Can Care-a-Van, Nebraskans will again step up and show what neighbor helping neighbor truly means.
During the week of June 5th – 10th, 10/11 and NBC Nebraska news personalities will help collect donations for pantries in the communities of Lincoln, Superior, Sutton, Columbus, Aurora, Ord, Grand Island, Hastings, Hebron, Geneva, York, North Platte, and Beatrice. Additional collections will be held in Nebraska City, Neligh, Osceola, Kearney, Lexington, and Atkinson.
The 10/11 and NBC Nebraska Can Care-a-Van Kick Off event is scheduled for Friday, June 2 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Hy-Vee at 50th & O Street in Lincoln. 10/11 will be broadcasting live and will be joined by radio partners KX 96.9. Lincoln Hy-Vee stores will continue to host collection barrels for the entire week of Can Care-a-Van. All donations collected at the kick off event and in the barrels will benefit the Food Bank of Lincoln.
10/11 and NBC Nebraska are excited to welcome Green Plains as a new partner for this year’s event. “Green Plains is proud to support the Can Care-a-Van drive and the communities it serves,” says Todd Becker, Green Plains President, CEO and Director. Green Plains has ethanol production and grain storage facilities in several Nebraska communities, including some on this year’s route.
Black Hills Energy will also return for their third year as a partner. “Our mission is to improve life with energy, and a huge part of that is supporting the energy of efforts like Can Care-a-Van. Programs like this help many of the 300 communities we serve in Nebraska to continue to be healthy, thriving places for our customers to call home. We are glad to be a part of that,” says Jeff Sylvester, Vice President of Natural Gas Operations in Nebraska.
Outstanding community volunteers will be recognized at some of the towns along the Can Care-a-Van route with the Joanne Komenda Memorial Spirit Award. The awards will be given to individuals and groups who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to support their local food pantry. The award is given in memory of Can Care-a-Van co-founder, Joanne Komenda.
You can see the who Can Care-a-Van schedule by clicking here.