Since 1988, the 10/11 Can Care-a-Van (CCAV) has raised more than 3.7 million pounds of food to feed Nebraska families in need. This year, AseraCare and Latsch’s have teamed up with Ch. 10/11 to collect food for the 27th annual drive.
10/11’s Can Care-A-Van will be on the road June 2nd-7th visiting the communities of Lincoln, Superior, Sutton, Fairbury, Aurora, Lexington, Grand Island, North Platte, Columbus, Geneva, York, Ord, O’Neill, Wymore, and Beatrice. 10/11 News personalities and volunteers from AseraCare 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. Additional collections will be held in Falls City, Nebraska City, Kearney, Genoa, and Neligh.
“Year after year, the generosity of Nebraskans continues to amaze me,” said Joanne Komenda, the Can Care-a-Van’s coordinator and founder. “When our rural pantries are in need, Nebraskans always pull together and come through for their neighbors.”
AseraCare Hospice has signed on as the Can Care-a-Van’s corporate sponsor. “AseraCare's mission is to provide hospice and palliative care to patients and their families for the best possible quality of care and quality of life. The 10/11 Can Care-a-Van ensures Nebraskans have access to food and are able to feed their families. We’re proud to be a part of that.”
This will be Latsch’s second year to join forces with the 10/11 Can Care-a-Van as a sponsor. “Latsch’s has been serving the office product needs of businesses in Lincoln, Nebraska and the surrounding area since 1916,” said Mike Decker, Latsch’s President/COO. “We are so excited to continue our involvement in the Can Care-a-Van and serve Nebraskans in yet another way.”
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 at Noon 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.
A kickoff event is scheduled for the 10/11 Can Care-a-Can on Friday, May 30th from 11am-4pm at the Superior Hy-Vee in Lincoln (27th & Superior). BBQ lunches will be available with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Food Bank of Lincoln. 10/11 and Three Eagles (KFRX, The Eagle) will be broadcasting live from the event.
Further information about Can-Care-A-Van can be found at http://www.1011now.com, including Spirit Award