The Food Bank for the Heartland in Omaha is looking forward to the upcoming holiday season.
Spokesman Brian Barks says this is the time of year when food drives start to pick up, but it is also a time when food is needed the most. He says the number of people requesting help continues to grow.
Barks says at this time last year the Food Bank was on pace to deliver 15-million pounds of food. In 2014 that number is up by one-million pounds. He says nearly 217-thousand people in Nebraska and Western Iowa struggle to get enough food to eat. Eighty-eight thousand of them are children under 18.
The Food Bank helps stock the shelves of 285 food pantries, emergency shelters and other nonprofit partners in 93 counties in both states. Again this year the city of Omaha kicks off their Holiday Lights Festival Thanksgiving evening. Food donations will be accepted during the lighting ceremony and proceeds from the downtown ice skating