Hunger and food pantries know no season. The demand is there throughout the day, every day of the year.
This is an especially difficult time for the pantries. The holiday lights that shine on seasonal need are gone but the hunger remains.
The shelves at the Tri-City pantry in Papillion are quickly emptying.
Tri-City’s Jean Almeida said, “Right now we have three boxes of tissue paper on our shelves which is kind of sad.”
Jean and Christy Cook fight a daily battle at the pantry.
Christy told us, “A shelf that was full yesterday is now empty and we're like, what happened? And so everything goes so quickly.”
Serving approximately 75 Sarpy County families, they need our help. Food items, paper products, toiletries and cash donations are all welcome.
Jean said, “We're trying to serve more people more often but in doing so we're in dire need of some additional donations. So we're really hoping the community will step up and help us out.”
Christy said, “We do canned chicken and canned tuna and then we have frozen meat that we give the clients as well which we have to pay for which we rely on our cash donations.”
Sometimes, those in need live closer than we think.
“When you see address that come up when clients come in and you think, oh my gosh, they're my neighbor,” Christy said. “It's people right here in the community that need our help.”
Items can be dropped off at Heartland Family Services in Papillion. That's in the Papillion Business and Technology Park near 72nd and Cornhusker Road. They're open Monday through Fridays.