25 Nebraska counties have schools that are eligible to participate in the free and reduced price lunch program, but currently have no summer feeding programs.
Kate Bolz, Executive Director for Nebraska Appleseed, says a new grant program recently approved in the legislature offers non-profit organizations the opportunity to bridge that gap.
She says Senator Norm Wallman introduced the legislation because 1 in 5 children in Nebraska is food insecure.
The Salvation Army of Omaha says requests for assistance from its food pantry are up 41 percent over the past three years.
Omaha area elementary and middle schools will participate in an anti-hunger initiative for the second year.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the drought isn't contributing to higher food prices—at least not yet.