The Peter Kiewit Foundation is challenging the Omaha community to donate food to Food Bank for the Heartland.
The foundation has issued a $250,000 challenge grant to stock the Food Bank’s shelves for Thanksgiving.
The challenge comes in response to an alarming shortage of food donations at the food bank. Due to the sharp rise in food prices and other economic factors, food donations to Food Bank for the Heartland have been decreasing, but demand for food remains high. Over 208,000 people in Nebraska and western Iowa are food insecure.
Food collected through Thanksgiving Day by local businesses, neighborhoods, schools, and other organizations will be measured by weight to match the dollar value of the Peter Kiewit Foundation grant. In turn, the cash grant will be used to purchase more food to further stock the Food Bank.
Food donations may be delivered to the Food Bank at 10525 J Street Omaha, NE 68127. Some of the most-needed items include peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, canned meat, and canned fruit.
People can also make a contribution online by visiting the Food Bank’s virtual food drive. The website is at the bottom of the story.