Amid recent shortages, two Omaha food pantries received a welcome donation of 7,000 pounds of chicken Friday.

No Frills and Bag 'N Save supermarkets teamed up to donate the poultry to Together Inc. and Heartland Hope, two pantries that have felt the recent sting of a decrease in supplies at a time of increased demand.

Together, volunteer LaRita Swinnerton said, the help that this donation offers is “just astronomical.” Fresh food, especially protein, is usually in short supply at the pantry.

“One of the most common questions I get is, 'Is there any meat?'” Swinnerton said. “Now, I'm going to be proud to say, 'Yes.'”

According to Bill Loneman, a No Frills and Bag 'N Save spokesman, the donation will be divided evenly between the two pantries. It was made possible because of the recent joint ownership of the two supermarkets under the company Nash Finch, he said.

Loneman added that being able to make a donation like this is “the most enjoyable part of the job.”

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