Metro Food Pantry Feeling Strain of Demand

The Tri-City Food Pantry is feeling a supply strain. The pantry, serving the communities of La Vista, Papillion and Ralston, has seen a large increase in the number of clients seeking assistance in 2014.

The pantry is currently serving 138% more people this year than it did the same time last year and that’s left them low on food and personal hygiene supplies.

The Tri-City Food Pantry, operating operates out of the Heartland Family Service building in Papillion, served more than 2,700 people last year and the numbers of those in need continue to climb in 2014.

In May of 2013 the pantry provided food for 187 people. In May of 2014 the pantry provided food for 445 people.

“During the summer we don’t see the same amounts of donations that we do, say during the holiday season,” said Mark Jewett, Board President of the Tri-City Food Pantry. “However, this year is really hitting us a lot harder with the huge numbers of people that we are seeing and the increasing food costs,” Jewett said.

The Tri-City Food Pantry relies on donations from individuals, businesses and churches to provide food for those in need. When supplies are low, they need to purchase food for clients.

The pantry recently began providing food to those with referrals every 30 days instead of every 60 days because the need is so great.

The Pantry is seeking donations of food, especially canned and boxed items like macaroni and cheese, spaghetti sauce and Jell-O. The pantry is also seeking donations to help fund the purchase of meat and fund the Dairy Voucher program that the pantry utilizes. The Dairy Voucher program provides milk, eggs and cheese to families with children or senior citizens.

Anyone interested in donating to the Tri-City Food Pantry can contact the pantry directly.

For more information about the Tri-City Food Pantry or how you can get involved. you can visit their Web site or call 402-552-7061.


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