The first Saturday of each month, with help from many volunteers and The Food Bank of the Heartland, Countryside’s gymnasium turns into a free grocery store for local families.
Love and… FEED Thy Neighbor
Since October 2010, Countryside’s Community Cupboard has provided groceries to 250-300 local families each month.
The pantry, called the Community Cupboard takes place at Countryside Community Church Gymnasium, located at 8787 Pacific Street, from 9:00a.m.-11:30a.m.
The Community Cupboard pantry is the first Saturday of each month. Rain or Shine!!
Grocery shopping starts at 9:00 a.m.
Shop for what you want or get a pre-packed box.
Bring something with your Omaha address on it and boxes or bags to carry groceries in.
If you want to shop for groceries and help on pantry day, call Mary Beth Link at 402-391-0350 ext. 112.
Willing to Volunteer?
The Community Cupboard needs approximately 40 volunteers each month to things like:
- Welcome and check in visitors
- Unpack food and set it out tables
- Set up snacks and coffee in Memorial Hall
- Play live music
- Talk with people about SNAP food money assistance, or how to apply for an eye exam/glasses voucher (training provided)
- Make some pre-packed boxes of food for folks who choose this option
- Help carry groceries out to the parking lot
The pantry is held at the Countryside Community Church (8787 Pacific, Omaha) gymnasium, formally named the Truhlsen Community Center. It is considered a mobile pantry because there is not a permanent food pantry onsite. Instead, Together, Inc. delivers food the day of the pantry, and we set up something similar to a farmer’s market/grocery store.
Volunteers arrive at 7:45 a.m. and are needed until 11:30 or so. A few times the pantry has lasted until noon.
The pantry is open 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Shoppers usually start lining up hours before the start time.
A “mini grocery store” is set up in the gymnasium. A few volunteers arrive early to welcome visitors into Memorial Hall at 8:30 for snacks, kids movie, live music. The pantry team is currently working on providing helpful services for people while they wait to shop.
Some items that we do not have a lot of will have a limit of 1 item per family. For instance, cakes, meat, and some dairy are usually limited to 1. Signs are posted to let everyone know any limits.
The USDA food is provided and delivered free of charge by Together, Inc. Countryside help start Together in 1975. Together is the first stop for people in need. They provide education, guidance and services such as food, clothing, living essentials and financial assistance to prevent people from becoming homeless.
The seed money to start the pantry was made possible through a generous 2010 grant from Countryside’s Board of Christian Outreach. In addition to grant money, we have been fortunate to get support through ongoing fundraisers, and individual donations. The Community Cupboard is the grateful recipient of Countryside’s Easter offering in 2012.
Yes, the aprons are $20.00 each. The proceeds help support the Community Cupboard.