1. To raise the awareness of the community concerning the reality of hunger on a local level, outside of our immediate area, and in the world.
2. To permit and promote the opportunity of gathering food and monetary resources to be used in our own community and beyond.
A small group of local citizens from the Grand Island, NE area met to talk about the existence and reality of food shortages in their local community and several other locations throughout the world. The point in time was November, shortly before Thanksgiving, 1990. Devastating famines were then ravaging Ethiopia, Sudan and other African countries. At the same time there was a persistent shortage of grocery items on the shelves of the Grand Island Community Food Pantry. So dire was the case that a single food order was hard, if not impossible, to put together at times.