Dec 18, 2016 12:03PM
By Daisy Hutzell-Rodman
The ConAgra Foods Ice Rink has become the centerpiece of this community-wide effort to address hunger in the area. In 2016, the ice skating rink will moved from the ConAgra Foods campus to the new, temporary location on an undeveloped lot on the east side of 10th Street bounded by Dodge and Capitol Streets. This site will serve as a transition during the holidays in 2016, and in 2017 the ice rink will permanently move across the street to the newly constructed Capitol District.
Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 1 – 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 1 p.m. – midnight Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve: 1 – 5 p.m. Closed Christmas & New Year’s Day
A $5 admission includes skate rental (admission is still required for patrons who bring their own skates) and benefits Food Bank for the Heartland. Kids under 5 skate free.
The ConAgra Foods Ice Rink, which drew nearly 16,000 skaters last year, benefits Food Bank for the Heartland through both cash and in-kind donations. ConAgra Foods donates 100 percent of proceeds collected at the rink to the Food Bank and the company’s foundation matches these donations dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000. Skaters also are encouraged to donate non-perishable items in collection receptacles located at the ice rink. In addition, ConAgra Foods extends the reach of the Shine The Light on Hunger Campaign beyond the ice rink by supporting in-kind, non-perishable food collections at various local business and organizations such as Baker’s Supermarkets, The Durham Museum, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha Community Playhouse, Omaha Performing Arts, Omaha Symphony and Opera Omaha. For more information, visit www.holidaylightsfestival.org.