Heartland United Way gives thousands of pounds of food to food banks

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - In Grand Island, local food banks from across Hall, Hamilton, Howard, and Merrick counties picked up boxes of food from the Heartland United Way food drive.

United Way has been collecting food donations at grocery stores and at Husker Harvest days for the last week and they collected more than 15,000 pounds of food.

Some of that food is going to food pantries and shelters across the area and Hope Harbor says they are using the donations to help with their emergency shelter.

“The food that we are receiving today from the local food stores and FFA and all the groups that are helping out will go to Hope Harbor Shelter to help feed our people in need, people staying in our emergency shelter that could have a quick meal,” Hope Harbor Marketing Director Renae Swanson said.

Other groups sorted through cans to find vegetables and protein that will help feed those in need.