UNO’s Maverick Food Pantry needs your help

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The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Maverick Food Pantry needs your help to restock its shelves.

The food pantry is seeking donations in the Omaha Gives! campaign, a 24-hour fundraising blitz organized by the Omaha Community Foundation to grow philanthropy in Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie counties. The goal is to inspire the community to come together for 24 hours — midnight Tuesday through midnight Wednesday — to give as much as possible to support the work of nonprofits in the metro area.

The Maverick Food Pantry, which is located in Room 121 of the Community Engagement Center, serves UNO students as well as faculty and staff by offering food packages containing approximately two days worth of non-perishable food items for one person.

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We asked Ryan Morrissey, the student manager of the Maverick Food Pantry photographed above, to share more about the nonprofit.

Here’s what he had to say:

Q. Could you tell us how much you’d like to raise and what that money will go towards?

A. Last year we raised a little more than $2,000, reaching that amount again this year would be an awesome achievement. The funds we raise with Omaha Gives! will go towards buying new customized donation bins for the pantry. These bins will be much more durable than the boxes we have and will be a great asset for the promotion of the pantry around campus. I would also like to use the funds for programs/events throughout the school year to meet the needs of the UNO community.

Q. Share with us a little bit about how the program benefits the UNO community.

A. The Maverick Food Pantry greatly benefits the UNO community. Being hungry can really affect you whether it is your schoolwork, your job, or just your daily life. The Maverick Food Pantry aims to contribute to UNO’s culture of caring by providing food to those in immediate need and connecting them with resources in the greater Omaha area for long-term support. We are dedicated to eliminating hunger in the UNO community and increasing awareness of food insecurity and nutrition.

Q. Why is this program special to you?

A. This program is very special to me, seeing the gratitude that people show for the pantry, and seeing the support for it coming from individuals and groups all over UNO’s campus are really a wonderful things.

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To date, the pantry has helped more than 600 people and distributed more than 7,000 pounds of food.

If the anticipation is killing you, then don’t wait. Give now! You can schedule your donation ahead of time or make it throughout the day. Click here to schedule or make a donation.

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