On June 20, the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners voted to approve an American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allocation of $400,000 to NeighborGood Community Pantry (neighborgoodpantry.org), formerly Tri City Pantry, to assist them in their campaign for the building of a new space to serve the residents of Sarpy County and Ralston. Already providing needed food and toiletries, NeighborGood has goals of transforming how that care is delivered through client choice, providing services geared towards food insecurity and becoming a distribution point for Sarpy County during disasters. This is the largest grant the organization has ever received.

“With the land purchase agreement and this APRA grant approved by Sarpy County, we are really gaining momentum to build the facility that our communities need,” said Melissa Nelson, NeighborGood’s Executive Director.

This grant will be applied towards the Pantry’s Growing to Give Campaign, which seeks to raise $5 million towards the construction of a 10,000-square-foot facility on American Parkway in Papillion. This facility will allow the space and delivery mechanisms needed for an ever-expanding number of families in Sarpy County and surrounding communities.

NeighborGood serves those in need in the greater Sarpy County and Ralston community. NeighborGood provides non-perishable groceries, pet food, paper products, hygiene items, diapers and more. For more info, go to neighborgoodpantry.org or contact Executive Director Melissa Nelson at neighborgoodcommunitypantry@gmail.com.