The Food Bank of the Heartland in Omaha is about the size of a football field and is packed with food. Vice President of External Affairs Kelly Ptacek says that may sound like a lot but when you stock the shelves of food pantries in 77 Nebraska counties it goes fast. She says they want to provide the healthy, nutritious food for families and they always run short of certain items.
Ptacek says, “We try to work with our partners in community to provide produce in particular but lots of food to those who need it. When you make your family meal, things like apples, potatoes, onions, carrots, those kinds of basic pieces of your meal, fresh is best.”
Ptacek says they are still seeing a significant need across the state. The Food Bank also serves 16 counties in southwest Iowa. There are about 80,000 children in their service area that are food insecure. That is a large number of children they want to get food into their homes.
Monetary donations can help. Ptacek says, “We can buy produce in particular but food in bulk so we get a better rate when we have the cash to be able to buy that food. We also take can drives. We’ll take food at the Food Bank as well. We sort that and then send it out to our partner agencies so they have both shelf sable food as well as fresh produce. That is a great mix for folks that are serving people in need in the community.”
Those wanting more information about the Food Bank or to make a donation can log on to foodbankheartland.org.