OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - This week and next week Heartland Hope is giving food to families who may need a little extra help covering the cost of Thanksgiving.
Organizers say they've been doing this giveaway for over a decade, but this year, because of the pandemic, they are seeing an uptick of people in need.
"Thanksgiving is a time where people are going to have to come out of pocket, which can be a big strain on most families. So if they come to Heartland Hope, they get all of that for free,” said volunteer coordinator Amanda Devries.
Between Tuesday and Thursday, the pantry handed out almost 700 meals. They expected to hand out at least another 500 meals Saturday.
Along with an increase in clients, the pantry also saw more volunteers this week.
"We all owe it to one another to help encourage and lift up and serve in some way,” said volunteer Brian McCoy. “That's what makes our country strong, that's what makes our world strong, and that's what makes it easier for us to get through this rough and tough season."
Hy-Vee also partnered with the pantry to give families a voucher which is good for a turkey, one pie, rolls and some canned goods.
The next giveaway will be on Tuesday at the South Omaha location.