Omaha Gives! rallies support for the Maverick Food Pantry

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By Brooke Criswell, Contributor

More than 200 U.S. colleges operate food pantries as food insecurity is becoming more evident on campuses, University of Nebraska at Omaha is no exception.
Omaha Gives! Will begin on May 20, from midnight to midnight. You will have the opportunity to support your local nonprofit. Through this online giving event, it brings our community’s residents together to support the work of organizations.
One nonprofit, among 570 others serving Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties participating in Omaha’s second annual charitable challenge is the Maverick Food Pantry. Donors have the opportunity to make gifts of $10 or more to support their favorite nonprofits. 
The Maverick Food Pantry provides for students and faculty in need of food. 
They offer pre-packed packages containing approximately two days’ worth of non-perishable food items for one individual according to FDA nutritional guidelines. Each bag contains a balance of proteins, gains/pasta and vegetables. 
Any currently enrolled student or employee with an active mavcard can request a food package through Mavsync. There is a limit of twice per week. All food and monetary donations are acquired through the Omaha community. 
“Being hungry is just kind of sad. I don’t want to be looked down upon,” sophomore Jennifer Alquicira said.
Since it has opened in 2013, they have had near 600 requests and distributed more than 7,800 pounds of food.
The mission of the Maverick Food Pantry is to contribute too UNO’s culture of caring by providing food to those in immediate need and connecting them with the resources in the greater Omaha area for long-term assistance. The food pantry also collaborates with services and departments across campus to support the growth in all eight Dimensions of Wellness. 
UNO and the University of Nebraska Foundation are helping promote support of the Maverick Food Pantry through Omaha Gives! To donate, visit Omahagives24.org

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