Omaha Food Bank notes spike in assistance requests

Omaha, NE – The economic downturn is putting a strain on the Omaha Food Bank's resources.

Food Bank Spokeswoman Jewel Knapp says the need for assistance began to spike eight months ago. She says pantries who receive food from the food bank have noted a 13 to 59 percent increase in requests for assistance. Knapp says some of those requests are from people with full-time jobs, who aren't familiar with the process.

Knapp says the Food Bank needs donations of canned meat, vegetables and fruit. She says Omahans are generous during the holidays when food pantries need donations, but the need is year-round.