The Salvation Army in Omaha is expanding its food pantry at its Lied Renaissance Center to give those in need more food choices.
The transformation provides more space for product and makes it easier for consumers to navigate. The new pantry model allows consumers the option to make their own food choices and ensures recipients with special dietary needs, such as diabetes, find more appropriate choices.
Organizers say the model also provides incentive for healthier eating by using a point system based on household size that allows consumers to "purchase" food. Healthier items cost fewer points.
The Salvation Army hopes the new system will feed more of Omaha's needy. Last year, the Salvation Army in Omaha provided nearly 28,000 people with food and other assistance.