Tri-City Pantry looking for storage space

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Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013 12:00 am

The Tri-City Food Pantry makes use of every inch of space it has. Thanks to Heartland Family Services, pantry administrators don’t have to worry about paying rent.

But Pantry Director Jean Almeida is worried the pantry is running out of space to keep up with the demand for food assistance.

The pantry, which serves the communities of Papillion, La Vista and Ralston, is looking for extra storage space to store food to meet the needs of the community.

“We’re hoping that a local organization might have space in a building for us,” Almeida said.

The pantry hopes to increase the frequency in which they serve people.

Currently, the pantry can only serve people once every 60 days. But the board of directors has been discussing making food available once every 30 days.

“It’s not a decision we will make quickly or lightly,” Almeida said.

She said the board wants to make the change, but only if the pantry can accommodate the increased demand for both donations and space.

The space at Heartland Family Services is adequate for the pantry’s current needs, but extra storage for nonperishable goods would be needed before any expansion takes place.

Almeida said any organization that could offer storage space should contact the pantry at 402-552-7061 or foodpantryjean@cox.net. The space must be kept above freezing and below 85 degrees.

The Tri-City Food Pantry serves people by referral in the Ralston, Papillion and La Vista communities.

Donations can be dropped off at Heartland Family Services from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The pantry is operated by volunteers and was created when Glory Christian Center pantry and the St. Columbkille pantry combined in 2007. The organization operates under the Tri-City Ministerial Association’s nonprofit.

Almeida is grateful for the help the community gives the pantry.

“Volunteers are the heart of the operation,” she said.

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