The VOAWN Food Pantry is open to the public and anyone who requires food assistance.
No one should go hungry. The VOAWN's Health & Nutrition Programs work to combat food insecurities within the panhandle region of Western Nebraska.
The critical components for measuring success at VOAWN are continued community outreach, quality human service programming, and the number of individuals served. The VOAWN Food Pantry checks all those boxes by operating a full-access food resource program that provides nutritious, healthy foods to over eight counties in rural Western Nebraska. Available items include fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, and ingredients to stock in a household pantry. This successful program continues to provide the community with quality human service programs while assisting many people each year through their nutritional needs.
We have updated our Food Pantry hours of operation to allow for additional access.
- MON 10AM - 4PM
- TUE 10AM - 4PM
- WED 10AM - 4PM
- THU 10AM - 4PM
- FRI CLOSED
- SAT CLOSED
- SUN CLOSED
The food pantry is a critical service as several counties in the Nebraska Panhandle and surrounding areas are considered high-poverty areas by the United States Census Bureau and designated as USDA food deserts. The ongoing expansion of our program's physical infrastructure has allowed for an approximate 87% growth in pounds of food made available, from 76,800#s in 2019 to over 150,000#s in 2021. Our health and nutrition program is forecasted to exceed 175,000#s in 2022, allowing further support to combat food insecurities within our region.
Anyone is eligible if they require food assistance.
Volunteers bring food from the food bank to the Volunteers of America Western Nebraska food pantry. Donations of time, food, and money make it possible to keep the food pantry full as the number of people who need food assistance increases.
Each year Volunteers of America Western Nebraska provides Holiday Baskets for families in need. Youth groups raise funds and collect food, and church members and community groups donate cash and additional resources to support our community during the holidays.