Beatrice Community Food Pantry

Category: Human Services


This Year's Project: Feed the Masses


About Our Organization

The Beatrice Community Food Pantry was established in 1972 by a pastor at St. John's Lutheran Church who saw a need that was not being filled in this community. Over the course of the next eight years, more churches became involved, leading to the establishment of an official community-wide pantry in 1980. Fast forward to 1997, and the name was officially changed to the Beatrice Community Food Pantry.

While the pantry has seen its share of changes over the decades, one thing that hasn't changed is the need in this community that is filled by its services.  With a coalition of 25+ churches and local organizations providing food, monetary gifts, volunteers, and in-kind services throughout the year, we were able to continue providing food, one-time assistance with rent and electric bills, and other resources to our neighbors throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In a county (Gage) where two school districts' most recent free and reduced lunch rates were above 50% (Beatrice & Southern Public Schools) and roughly 125 children qualify for the BackPack Program during the school year, services that alleviate food insecurity for children and families are invaluable. This becomes especially apparent every year when school lets out for the summer, and we see a significant uptick in people (families) accessing our services.

The Beatrice Community Food Pantry is open every Monday & Thursday from 9 am to 12 pm and 1pm to 4 pm. We have 20 board members represented from different churches and organizations and over 65 community members who volunteer every month to ensure no neighbor in need goes without.



Current Project: Feed the Masses




Community Food Pantry is solely supported by donations of food, time and monetary gifts.  We provide food to over 300 people per year.  Persons are able to use the pantry services once every 30 days. Donations will be used to purchase perishable items and or other needed items that are out of stock.  Some of the items we are always in need of are:  peanutbutter, jelly, pancake flour, pancake syrup, dish and laundry detergent, bars of soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, all fruits, hamburger, chicken and tuna helper, sugar and flour, mayo, oil, saltine crackers, graham crackers and healthy kid snacks.  

With your donation we hope to continue providing access to food for the people of Gage County in need.



Past Projects

  • Feed The Masses

    Community Food Pantry started in 1972 by a pastor at St. John's Lutheran Church helping families in need.  The need became more so we started an official pantry in 1980.  The name was changed from St. John Food Pantry to Community Food Pantry in 1997.  We now have 25 churches that bring in food and monetary gifts throughout the year.  Community Food Pantry is open every Monday - Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm and the last Tuesday afternoon from 1-4pm.  We have 20 board members represented from different churches and 65 plus volunteers every month, which include the interviewers, sackers, runners and people who sort and date the food.  

    Community Food Pantry is solely supported by donations of food, time and monetary gifts.  We provide food to over 5000 people per year.  Persons are able to use the pantry services once every 30 days. Donations will be used to purchase perishable items and or other needed items that are out of stock.  Some of the items we are always in need of are:  peanutbutter, jelly, pancake flour, pancake syrup, dish and laundry detergent, bars of soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, all fruits, hamburger, chicken and tuna helper, sugar and flour, mayo, oil, saltine crackers, graham crackers and healthy kid snacks.  

    With your donation we hope to continue providing access to food for the people of Gage County in need.

     







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Beatrice Community Food Pantry

PO BOX 314
Beatrice, NE 68310

 
(402) 223-8975

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