BEATRICE – During this Thanksgiving season, there are a lot of organizations teaming up to help people less fortunate, to have enough food to eat.
John Mabry is Development Director for the Food Bank of Lincoln, which serves 16 counties in southeast Nebraska. He said the organization is grateful for partnering organizations that help provide food support for people.
The annual luncheon in Beatrice helps support the local backpack program to provide children with food. Mabry says it costs about $250 to provide a backpack for a student, for an entire year. It’s estimated that 100 backpacks filled with food, go home every week.
Mabry also credits food pantries in Wymore, Beatrice and the efforts of organizations such as the Salvation Army, Blue Valley Community Action and Beatrice Public Schools.
Gage County Supervisor Matt Bauman says as people are preparing to enjoy a big meal on Thanksgiving, many people frequently don’t have enough to eat.
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Mabry says his organization is lucky to have the friends it has in Gage County, doing good work to help people who don’t have enough to eat.
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Mabry says local organizations do the heavy lifting when it comes to preparing and distributing the backpacks and his organization, which buys food in bulk, can supply them.