Saving Grace Selected for Chamber Business Excellence Award

Have you heard the news? Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue is being honored as a Business Excellence Award winner.  

The Greater Omaha Chamber awards celebrate companies and individuals that dedicate themselves to excellence and help make Greater Omaha a more vibrant place to do business, work and live.

Help us celebrate by attending the awards event on Tuesday, May 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Embassy Suites Omaha - LaVista. Tickets, which are available online, are $40 per person or $1,000 for a VIP table of 10 with guaranteed seating. Reserve your spot by May 3. 

Thrivent Financial Supports Saving Grace 

Sarah H. Wilson of Thrivent Financial presents the check to Beth Ostdiek Smith of Saving Grace as representatives of the two organizations look on.
A corporate generosity challenge resulted in a $6,000 donation that Thrivent Financial recently presented to Saving Grace.  

The challenge is aimed at increasing awareness and support of local nonprofit organizations across the country.

"Our local community is a place where Thrivent members live, work and worship," said Chelsie Olson, community engagement leader with Thrivent in Omaha. "We are excited to be able to support Saving Grace. It is wonderful that opportunities like this exist at Thrivent to help fund programs that contribute to the health and vitality of the Nebraska Region, making it a better place for everyone."

Making an Impact
Prepared Sandwiches are Popular at Stephen Center
Richard Couch, right, food services director, and Robert Wilson, kitchen manager, look over a delivery of sandwiches.

Donations of fresh fruit and prepared sandwiches from QuikTrip Kitchen are important to the Stephen Center's sack lunch program. 

"We have a large number of people who need to go out and work, look for work or take part in outside programs to better themselves with the skills they need. We want to make sure they have something to eat when they are out and about," says Richard Couch, food services director for the Stephen Center.

At least twice a week, Saving Grace's professional drivers make a delivery to the Stephen Center in south Omaha, which offers an emergency shelter, permanent supportive housing and substance abuse treatment.  

"We can serve up to 600 meals a day, three meals each for 200 people," Couch. Donations from Saving Grace's food partners supplement evening meals provided by community groups, as well as the sack lunch program. 

Three Easy Ways to Support Saving Grace during Omaha Gives!

Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue is participating in Omaha Gives! - a 24-hour charitable challenge on May 25 organized by the Omaha Community Foundation, and we need your help:
  • Schedule a gift! For your convenience, you can schedule gifts now through May 24. We encourage you to donate early if you cannot participate on May 25.  
  • Spread the word!  Tell your friends that you will be giving to Saving Grace during Omaha Gives! on May 25.  
  • Post about Omaha Gives! on your social media pages.  Let your friends and followers know how they can give and how their donations can help us win matching and prize funds.
Together, we can make this year's Omaha Gives! the best yet.  

Community Happenings
May 3 Shopping Day Benefits Saving Grace

Mainstream Boutique will donate 10 percent of its proceeds on Tuesday, May 3, to Saving Grace. Stop by from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to shop for women's fashion apparel, accessories and jewelry. Find that perfect Mother's Day gift or something special for your own wardrobe. Mainstream Boutique is located at the corner of 157th and Pacific streets. Leave your business card for the chance to win a prize drawing. Note that no coupons or other discounts will apply during this event.

Nebraska Trucker Profiles Saving Grace

Read about why Beth Ostdiek Smith founded Saving Grace and how refrigerated trucks are the heart of its operation in "Grace to Go," an article in Nebraska Trucker, Issue 6, 2015. Scroll to page 7 for the article. 

Reducing Food Waste: Earth Day Interactive Exhibits
These girls pledge to do their part to combat food waste by eating more leftovers.

Saving Grace's interactive exhibit at Earth Day Omaha on April 16 provided opportunities for youngsters to add their name to a food waste pledge, come up with their own ideas on how to combat food waste and pose w ith  some fun props.

Earth Day Omaha provided an opportunity for Saving Grace ambassadors to talk with attendees about the agency's grassroots efforts to connect excess perishable food from grocery stores, restaurants, caterers and other food purveyors with local nonprofit agencies that feed our hungry and to raise awareness about food waste and hunger.

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