Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership Operates Two Food Pantries
Currently, the Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership (ENCAP; www.encapnebraska.org) operates two food pantries in Omaha. There is a pantry at their main office at 2406 Fowler Ave., open Monday—Thursday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and one in Bellevue, which is run in partnership with the Bellevue Ministerial Association and the City of Bellevue, open Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., at 1908 Hancock St.
According to Feeding America, there are nearly 90,000 people struggling with hunger right now in Douglas and Sarpy Counties. ENCAP is on a mission to help these people, but their pantry shelves are empty. They are asking the community for help to fill them up for the fall and winter months. Items on their wish list includes shelf-stable milk, canned vegetables, peanut butter, canned chicken, canned tuna, canned salmon (boneless), pasta, pasta sauce, breakfast cereals, granola bars, oatmeal, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, diapers, wipes, and personal care items. Donations can be dropped off at either ENCAP pantry during hours of operation.
“Providing the most basic of needs like food increases the stability of a family. When families are stable, they are more able to maintain their independence, reach long-term goals, and move forward with their lives,” said Aaron Bowen, executive director.