Volunteers, non-profits deliver food to people in need

KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - Two non-profit organizations in Kearney are teaming up to make sure everyone in Buffalo County has hot meals during this pandemic.

With help from dozens of volunteers, Hot Meals USA and the Jubilee Center are packaging, and delivering hot meals to people in need. (Source: Kelsey Dickeson, KSNB)

With help from dozens of volunteers, Hot Meals USA and the Jubilee Center are packaging, and delivering hot meals to people in need.

They met in the parking lot of the Museum of Nebraska Art's parking lot Monday to put together and send out those meals. It consisted of mashed potatoes, meat, green beans and cartons of milk.

"People were saying, "This is the first hot meal I've had in two or three days." So you know you're doing something right," said Cheri Clark, executive director of the Jubilee Center.

Volunteers handed the bags to drivers, who brought them out to people all over the county.

On Monday, around 100 homes received meals.

People estimated they packed around 800 meals total for families and the food truck.

This effort started after the Jubilee Center reached out to Hot Meals USA, saying they could use help making sure people in need have food during the coronavirus outbreak.

"I am concerned that if we hadn't just accidentally opted into this there would be a lot of people really struggling right now. So we've got a better handle on who needs that right now than maybe we had a week ago," Clark said.

Just last week, the group packed around 2,800 meals for families in need.

Hot Meals USA buys all their food with donations. The group purchased the food they packed Monday from Cash-Wa, which donated the cartons of milk.

"We were put here to help people, and that's what we'll do. We work with food banks like we did here today. We work on our own. The reality is we built this so when people are in trouble, we're here for them," said Richard Cochran, Hot Meals USA.

The groups will be out packing and delivering meals as long as there's a need. They'll be in the museum's parking lot from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you are in need of a hot meal, you can call the Jubilee Center at 308- 234-3880.

If you'd like to make a donation to Hot Meals USA to help them purchase these meals, you can do so on their website