AURORA, Neb. (KSNB) -The Hamilton County Food Pantry is getting ready for the Can Care-A-Van event this week that will help stock their shelves. With stimulus checks running out and the pandemic dragging on the pantry has seen more people needing their help. They fill up bags of canned goods and vouchers for the grocery store to help them get by.
“Over the past couple weeks we started seeing an uptick in our numbers and I think that’s due to the fact that kids are not getting the meals from the schools,” Volunteer Bruce Ramsour said.
They have had many food drives cancel but the community has stepped up and donated to keep food on the shelves. The food drive is coming at a good time for them as they see another increase in people coming through their doors. This year they have seen people who have never had to ask for their help before.
“People realize we’re just one step away from something bad happening,” Ramsour said. “Somebody gets sick, they lose their job, and those are the kinds of things that are happening right now.”
Tuesday they will be collecting donations around Hamilton County all day. They need the staples of canned soups, peanut butter, tuna, and toiletries.
“Can Care-A-Van always helps us,” said Volunteer Judy Werth. “We stock our shelves, we have a great response and it usually takes use through most of the winter months.”
It could be a long winter too if people continue to be without work. The pantry volunteers said they are here for anyone who needs help.
Their goal this year is to collect 20,000 pounds of food. Donations can be dropped off at the food pantry on the corner of 12th and N streets in Aurora.
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