We Fight Poverty with Local Foods. Training. Jobs. Entrepreneurship.

You have closed the gap on construction costs to raise $1.68MM.  Congratulations!

Thank you to the Richard Brooke Foundation for a generous gift of $25,000 to help close the remaining Phase 1 gap. Now our gap is  $224,949 to support students and entrepreneurs in the kitchens with wrap-around services and tools to succeed.

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Click to Meet Emily, a cook and aspiring chef.

Emily baking

I made this!

“Women do all of the jobs here,” chimed 10 year old Emily when she met Robin, our construction manager, and learned that Robin makes sure the kitchen is finished on time. “We have to come here as soon as it opens,” she gasped.  Emily loves to cook. She already has a list of recipes as long as her arm. She sees the kitchen as her pathway to becoming a chef.  We stand with Emily  and others like her who dare to work hard and achieve dreams. You make dreams come true!



Phase 1: Shared-use Commercial  & Production Kitchens

 $1.9 million*

PKF Challenge Gap: $0 (Congrats, you raised $1.68MM!)

Food Hub Services & Tools Gap: $224,949

The  Food Hub is based on a system of interdependent activities including commercial kitchens, community café, cold/dry storage, and food systems focused incubator rooted in proven models that deliver positive outcomes in job training, workforce readiness, food waste reduction, healthy food access, income generation and business development.

This project addresses the needs of the most vulnerable community residents:
1. Create living wage earning opportunities;
2. Support lifelong learning and self-sufficiency;
3. Connect people and resources to an improved integrated and resilient food system.

Target Audience: Unemployed and underemployed lower income residents, TANF recipients, re-entry workers, returning veterans, opportunity youth

1. Job readiness skills
2. Food production, preparation and service skills
3. Career pathway coaching
4. Entrepreneurial guidance, support and incubation
5. Employment guidance and support

1. Transformation of a food system through a multi-level, multi-sector strategy
2. Creation of a closed loop food system for sustainable economic development
3. Advancement of green jobs as an economic engine within an inner city community
4. Improved access to healthy food
5. Provide non-traditional education and training
6. Sustainable replicable model for communities


Total Investment All Phases: $3.7 million*

Expected return over 5 years: Based on surveys and market research – Nearly $3 million in wages and benefits; over 6 tons diverted waste; 2 tons vermicompost; 10% renewable energy; 5 new businesses, over 10 new jobs, 75 trainees; increased food security; better access to affordable local foods; improved nutrition education, self-sufficiency and economic resilience. Generate 90% of income needed to operate the facility.

Join our Supporters

Anonymous, Nancy Mammel, Mammel Foundation, USDA AMS Local Foods Promotion Program, Dan & Shirley Neary (Friends of No More Empty Pots and Supporters of the Food Hub), Donna Polk, Lucy & Doug Wilson, Peter Kiewit Foundation,Immanuel Vision Foundation, Carlynn Hartman-Kurtz Memorial Fund, Weitz Family Foundation, United Way of the Midlands,  Omaha Restaurant Association, Armonia Fund, Wells Fargo, Anthony & Sara DeMars Cerasoli, 2016 Omaha Gives Donors, The Sherwood Foundation, Annette & Paul Smith, First National Bank, Richard Brooke Foundation.



*Updated October 2016 per construction in progress and projected increase in materials and labor since project start, equipment, and first year operating expenses.


Renderings by Slate Architecture


Basement (1)

CommunityCafe (1)