Critical shortage of food at Salvation Army food pantry

Omaha, NE – The Salvation Army of Omaha and Omaha Fire Department are teaming up to fill the organization's food pantry.

The Salvation Army says since June first, 726 families have received food assistance. That's up 27 percent since last year. The Omaha chapter's food pantry faces a critical shortage of food. Omaha Fire Department Captain Jim Gentile says donations are being accepted at all fire stations.

Captain Gentile says the food drive has been successful so far. He says several fire stations report their bins are full and they need additional ones to collect items.

The Salvation Army is in need of non-perishable food items. Captain Gentile says the deadline for donations will be extended.