OMAHA – The catastrophic floodwaters that swept across Nebraska and western Iowa in March have receded, but thousands of families continue to seek emergency assistance as homes, businesses, farms, ranches, roads and communities are being rebuilt.
Food Bank for the Heartland is committed to helping those experiencing hardship during these natural disasters and is partnering with the Plainview Ministerial to host a free mobile food pantry in Plainview on Saturday, May 18 from noon to 1 p.m., at the Watson building, 305 E Park Ave., (Highway 20).
Approximately 9,500 pounds of food will be available for distribution and will include chicken pot pies, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, pork chops, canned water and produce such as fresh carrots, cabbage, oranges, onions and potatoes. Disaster pantry packs will also be offered. They are 15-pound prepacked boxes filled with various nonperishable items.
Those attending the mobile pantry are asked to bring boxes or bags to assist in carrying the food they receive. Volunteers will be available to help recipients. No identification is required to obtain food.
Food Bank for the Heartland’s Mobile Pantry Program delivers food directly to communities that have a high need but limited food resources. In fiscal year 2018, nearly 400 mobile pantries were held across the Food Bank’s 93-county service area helping approximately 47,400 food-insecure households.
Food Bank for the Heartland partners with Plainview Ministerial to host a mobile pantry the third Saturday of each month throughout the year. The list of other Food Bank supported mobile pantries is updated each month on the organization’s web site. May’s mobile pantry list may be found at foodbankheartland.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/May-Mobile-Calendar.pdf.