Heartland United Way kicked off their annual food drive Friday

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Heartland United Way is continuing their tradition of helping the community by bringing back their annual food drive. They kicked this year's drive off Friday at Tom Dinsdale Automotive.

United Way had a few boxes of food on display, showing off what kind of donations they were looking for. (Credit: Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)

The group announced their goal for this year is to raise $1.4 million and fill their truck with non perishable foods. They say this year's drive is bigger than in the past after how many families are now in need after this year's flooding.

"There's been so much need in the communities with the impact of the disaster and the economy and all of that," Karen Rathke, President of Heartland United Way, said. "We're really seeing a growing problem of food hunger, so we wanted to launch a food drive that was much larger than our typical food drive at Husker Harvest Days. We're having collection sites all around our community."

Donations can be dropped off at Hyvee, Super Saver, Hometown Market in Saint Paul and at Husker Harvest Days.