By: Cole Miller
Hunger is an issue facing thousands of people here in Lincoln, including those who have served our country.
It's quite the operation. Loading pallets and filling trucks to help feed Lincoln's hungry.
"Food insecurity is extremely stressful for people that are undergoing it," Food Bank of Lincoln Director Scott Young said.
And now, the Food Bank of Lincoln is reaching out to those who have served our country.
"It's believed that about 2,000 veterans live in Lincoln and Lancaster County who are low–income and need some extra support," Young said.
The idea came to Young last fall. He's now partnering up with the local veterans affairs office and Kerry Miller Loos to make it all happen: a food pantry catering solely to veterans.
"We certainly don't want it to be a handout. We want it to be an opportunity to engage with the VA and engage with other services in the community," Loos said, who works with Health Care for Homeless Veterans.
Back at the Food Bank's warehouse, Young says it's going to some time to figure it all out, but remains optimistic despite a busy schedule. The Food Bank already sponsors programs with the People's City Mission and Lincoln Public Schools, which is why they say now, more than ever, they need your help.
Young believes this program will see "enthusiastic support."
"When you think about what veterans have done for all of us, the least we can do is make sure veterans have enough to eat," Young said.
The program begins February 4th at the Department of Veterans Affairs Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, that's just across the street from St. Elizabeth's Regional Medical Center. The pantry will then be open the first Monday of every month from 10 am to noon. The pantry will be open September 9 since the first Monday is the Labor Day holiday.
For more information on this program and others, visit http://www.lincolnfoodbank.org/