Omaha Nonprofit donates thousands to help food banks feed more people

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – “She passed away years ago, but that means her mission is being fulfilled through this scholarship program to ensure that children and their families are well fed again,” said Dr. Amy Yaroch. General Manager of the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition.

Dr. Yaroch stated that roughly one in nine households suffered from food insecurity in 2019. Today, a year after the pandemic began, around every third household needs help keeping food on the table.

“It won’t just go away. That means this will last for a long time. It will probably be a year or more in the future because there are ramifications for years to come and so we’ll see a lot more people again.” Anyone who was not previously food unsafe becomes food unsafe and remains food unsafe, “said Dr. Yaroch.

Food banks are known to be stocked with processed, non-perishable items like canned food and peanut butter. These will always be staple foods, but there is now a high demand for fresh foods.

“Obviously, fresh fruits and vegetables aren’t donated that often. So what is happening is that the food banks are focusing their programs on buying more fruits and vegetables,” said Dr. Yaroch.

The need for this grant is expected to increase, so the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition will award four food banks $ 25,000 each.

“Funding to implement programs to help their customers gain access to and access to improved dietary foods,” said Katie Stern, senior project manager at the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition.

If Stern is referring to access, they hope this money will help food banks reach out to those who may be struggling to walk into a pantry.

“For example, a visit to a mobile pantry, not an established pantry but a truck that might go to a state-qualified health center. A brand new pantry that meets the needs of these customers by bringing the pantry to them,” he told Stern .

Food storage chambers can be requested at www.centerfornutrition.org until mid-April

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