Dining out to fight hunger

Several restaurants joining week-long effort
Posted at 12:30 PM, Aug 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-16 12:33:15-04

At Tri City  Food Pantry, Connie Shattuck is having a hard time keeping food on the shelves.

Shattuck, director of the Papillion-based food pantry, is teaming up with nearby restaurants to help support its meat and dairy voucher program.

Early Monday morning, she met up with Jeff Evans, co-owner and manager of Pizza West in La Vista.

The restaurant is jumpstarting the weeklong event “Dine out for Hunger Week” where a different eatery will contribute a portion of their sales to the food pantry everyday.

We’re giving back 15 percent, Evan says.

The concept is not new, but the need is found in three unlikely cities: Papillion, La Vista and Ralston.

It’s not always your big cities like Omaha, says Shattuck, where families are struggling to put food on the table.

It serves roughly 120 families, she says.

“We have single families – or single adults – up to families of nine, senior citizens,” she says. “About one third of our clientele are senior citizens.”

Many of the recipients are employed, but have a hard time putting food on the table, Shattuck says.

For patrons who want to give back, mention the pantry by name and a portion of the proceeds will go back to the cause.

To see which restaurants are participating, click here.