Help For The Hungry

By: Jacki Ochoa Email
By: Jacki Ochoa Email

The annual Channel 6 Holiday Food Drive is Saturday. Every bit of food will go to Omaha’s St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank.

“I like this place because it's helping a lot of homeless and jobless," said Charles Yata, one of about 100 people who were given a bag of food Thursday morning. They are incredibly grateful for the help.

“A lot of times after I get my pantry, I pull a bunch of the stuff out, like some of the stuff, and I give back saying that they should give it to someone that needs it,” said Jeffery Hoffman.

The St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry has been running low on donations, so low that it had to cut the number of days the pantry operates to just once a week. This has been tough on clients.

A visit to the food pantry helps keep many from becoming homeless. Less money spent on food means more money can be put towards rent. “The food pantry has really helped us out,” said Hoffman. “When we first moved in they made sure that we had food in the house, within a few days of moving in, it was because of the food pantry."

Pantry volunteers say they are desperately low on juice, cereal and peanut butter. Though many who seek help at the pantry are not in a position to donate, they hope for the day when they can. “If I get a job I would like to donate to help another,” said Yata.

Channel 6 News will be right outside the Aspen Athletic Club in Aksarben Village collecting food donations on Saturday. We will also be at the Shadow Lake Hy-Vee in Papillion and hope to see you out there. Donations collected will most likely be available to needy families by next Thursday.

The pantry says donations should help it get to hosting a food pantry two days a week by mid-December.

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