The North Platte Natural Resources District hosted a food drive in October to help the food pantry at Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska and the Scottsbluff Cat Packs and Gering Pup Packs Program.
“We try to get our employees involved and local food processors involved to get some much needed food for the valley,” said John Berge NPNRD general manager.
The NRD employees helped out by collecting 1030.6 pounds of food and the NRD also donated 650 pounds of beans. Along with donation of packaged food was also 56 pounds of fresh garden produce from the NRD’s geothermal greenhouse.
The first harvest of vegetables from the greenhouse came in June and since then the NRD has pulled out around 800 pounds of fresh produce from the greenhouse.
“All of the food is donated,” said Barb Cross, asst. director at the NPNRD. “We have a lot of different plants in here, we have citrus oranges, lemons, pomegranates, and even tropical flowers.”
Donations came not just from the NRD and it’s employees, but from Trinidad-Benham, who donated 2,500 pounds of beans; Kelley Bean donated 2,000 pounds of beans and Western Sugar 250 pounds of sugar.
“This donation is huge,” said Carmen Trevino, family stabilization program manager for CAPWN. “We serve all kinds of individuals and families and we get donations all-year-round, but not as big as this one. This one will ensure we have enough to help folks throughout the entire year. We are so very thankful to the businesses and the NRD.”