“What started out as a 911 complaint about long lines at a food pantry creating a ‘hazard,’ has turned into an outpouring of support and donations to Food Bank for the Heartland.
Food banks have seen an uptick in demand since March. The pandemic has increased food insecurity all over, including in Nebraska and Iowa.
‘All across the food bank’s 93 county service area, food insecurity has risen from approximately 207,000 to nearly 300,000 individuals,’ Food Bank for the Heartland communications manager Angie Grote said. ‘The need is greater than ever.’
And more demand may lean longer lines at food pantries. That’s exactly what one individual called the police to complain about Tuesday morning. A local police scanner account tweeted that they had cited the long line as a ‘hazard.’
After seeing the tweet, the community decided to do something about it.
As of Wednesday morning, ‘the food bank received more than $2,000 dollars in donations that were tied back to the Omaha Scanner tweet,’ Grote said.
People responded to the tweet with screenshots of donations to the Food Bank for the Heartland.”