Healthy Produce Enlivens Pantry Table
Fresh fruits and vegetables line the tables of the Saint Vincent de Paul Pantry with thanks to our volunteers and partners in the Omaha area community.
We modestly began offering fresh garden produce two summers ago, harvesting the bounty from our chemical-free raised-bed garden located behind the pantry and warehouse at 2101 Leavenworth Street. With the volunteer help and efforts of our own St. Vincent de Paul Garden Angels, clients are now given fresh lettuces, chard, collards, peppers, tomatoes, okra and more.
The Food Bank for the Heartland, where we purchase much of the canned and boxed foods we stock on our shelves, is also a dependable source of produce. Our weekly food bank order includes pallets of 50-pound bags of potatoes and onions as well as cases of oranges, apples, watermelons and cabbages.
New to the metro area these past few years is the produce- rescue nonprofit organization, Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue. Saving Grace drivers pick up dated but good quality foods that otherwise might be discarded from Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Hy-Vee, Fresh Thyme, Akins, Pizza Ranch, Catering Connections and Cheesecake Factory. During 2016, Saving Grace brought more than 49,000 pounds of food to our door.
Last year nearly 30,000 people received food from the SVdP pantry. We are proud to now offer fresh produce and we will continue to pursue sources of fresh foods and dairy products in order to provide the healthiest possible foods to our neighbors.