COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - As the Omaha metro area and southwest Iowa continue to struggle with the economic impact of COVID-19 coronavirus, many are in need of emergency food asistance.
The Food Bank for the Heartland is partnering with the Council Bluffs Community School District and will host a free drive-up mobile food pantry in Pottawattamie County and surrounding communities on Tuesday, March 24th.
A drive-up distribution is being used help with the health and safety of the community during this pandemic. Individuals and families coming to the mobile food pantry need to stay inside their vehicles. Volunteers will be on-site to help direct traffic and load the food into their vehicles.
Community packs will be available, which are 28-pound prepackaged boxes filled with various nonperishable staple items. The packs are assembled by Food Bank volunteers. Fresh produce and bakery items will also be offered.
The distribution is from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Lewis Central High School, 3504 Harry Langdon Blvd in Council Bluffs. The original location had been Kreft Primary School.
“During this unprecedented time, Food Bank for the Heartland is working swiftly with our partners across Nebraska and western Iowa in the community to provide critical meals to our neighbors struggling with the community and economic impact of the COVID-19 virus,” said Brian Barks, President and CEO of Food Bank for the Heartland. “We anticipate the need for emergency and supplemental food to increase in the upcoming weeks. We are grateful for the outpouring of support from individuals, organizations and companies across the Heartland.”