Mobile Food Pantry Will Distribute 5,000 Pounds of Food to Flood Victims in Columbus

by Willem Roper, NET News

April 10, 2019, 11:52 a.m.

The Food Bank of the Heartland will distribute over 5,000 pounds of food along with bottled water in Columbus to help those still recovering from the historic March floods.

This Sunday, the mobile pantry of the Food Bank will travel to Columbus and provide food and water to flood victims in the town and the surrounding Platte County area. The distribution will run from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Food Bank serves over 70 counties in Nebraska and averages around 40 assistance trips each month to food pantries, schools and towns across the state.

Brian Barks, who is the president and CEO of the Food Bank of the Heartland, says throughout the organization’s 38-year history, they’ve been committed to helping rural Nebraskans recover after natural disasters like the flooding in March.

“We’ve been telling folks that this is going to be a marathon and not a sprint as people try to get back up on their feet," Barks said. "We will do all that we can to help them, especially when it comes to much-needed food items.”

Barks also said the Food Bank is prepared to help more communities that could be affected by severe weather this week.