Impact 2020
Saving Grace Targets Increased Need for Food
If there’s one word that describes our community’s response to food insecurity last year during the pandemic, it is “inspiring.” Saving Grace was privileged to be part of the many conversations and partnerships addressing the increased need for food.

In 2020, our work led to 1,347,981 meals being fed to children, seniors, veterans and families. This represents a 25% increase over the amount of food rescued in 2019.

Look at a few highlights from our 2020 Impact Report:

  • The value of the food Saving Grace rescued and redistributed in 2020 was $2.3 million.
  • The amount rescued and redistributed amounts to 673 tons of food that was kept out of our landfills. This is the equivalent to removing the annual emissions of 591 passenger vehicles from the environment.
  • Saving Grace’s drivers/food ambassadors partnered with other organizations to deliver 28,174 Farmers to Families Food Boxes.

Check out our 2020 Impact Report for photos and a recap of Saving Grace’s accomplishments.
Businesses Benefit from Donating Surplus Food to Feed the Hungry
Have you ever wondered where Saving Grace gets the food it rescues? It’s through partnerships with more than 50 food vendors that donate their surplus fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meats, prepared and packaged meals, grain products and more to feed the hungry.

Donors include grocery stores, wholesalers, restaurants, convenience stores, event centers, caterers, schools and other food vendors. Twenty of these businesses have donated surplus food to Saving Grace for five or more years.

Donating perishable food to feed the hungry is easy, and it makes good business sense. Read our blog post to find out five reasons it makes sense for businesses to donate their surplus food.

View our list of food donors. Then, support these businesses that donate food to Saving Grace. Find out how to become a food donor.
Spring Brings New Opportunities

While 2020 was the final year for Omaha Gives, Saving Grace is excited about the many new opportunities to support our work, which is more important than ever because of the increased need for nutritious food during the pandemic.

Here’s how you can help:

Give to our spring fund drive. Donate online or send a check to Saving Grace, 4611 South 96th Street, Suite 112, Omaha, NE 68127.

Support Saving Grace during Share Omaha's Do Good Week. These five days are dedicated to meeting a wider variety of nonprofit needs in our community, followed by a day of celebration. Watch for future emails and follow Saving Grace on social media to learn more about the week, which includes:

  • April 19 – Mission Monday
  • April 20 – New Giving Tuesday
  • April 21 – Wish List Wednesday
  • April 22 – VolunThursday
  • April 23 – Fund It Friday
  • April 24 – Celebration Saturday

Watch for emails and social media posts during the campaign and invite your friends, family and colleagues to support Saving Grace.
Earth Day Challenge: Submit Photos of Food Donors
Earth Day has moved to primarily a virtual format for 2021, and Saving Grace is a participant in the Nebraska Earth Day Passport.

From April 15 through May 15, participants are being challenged to submit photos featuring one of Saving Grace’s food donors. Photos must be submitted to receive a participation code. Prizes will be awarded.

Visit to register for the passport and find out more about the events. Register by April 14 to be an Earth Day Early Bird and receive 100 bonus points. Log in to see the various challenges by participating organizations, including Saving Grace.
“Many of our nonprofit partner agencies are asking for more food because of dramatic increases in the number of people they are serving during the pandemic. We are grateful we have been able to help address this increased need for food in our community.”

- Beth Ostdiek Smith, Saving Grace CEO and founder