COUNCIL BLUFFS — Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Council Bluffs has expanded its food pantry to create more space for food storage and assembly of food packages.
The space devoted to the pantry is now one-third larger, according to Loren Knauss, volunteer at the pantry and co-founder of the Story Street Pantry, a partner pantry.
The changes will reduce the time that volunteers spend restocking the mobile food pantry, Knauss said. That, in turn, will allow Story Street Pantry to further expand its mobile pantry services, which he manages.
“Our Savior’s Lutheran Food Pantry taking on the responsibility of being the distribution center for Story Street Pantry allowed us to partner in August 2021 with five low-income apartment complexes in Council Bluffs to deliver USDA food items to seniors and people living with disabilities,” he said. “We are in discussions to add more locations in the coming months.”
The goal is to increase pantry services in the Council Bluffs-Omaha metro area, Knauss said. .
The nonprofit Story Street Pantry is incorporated in Iowa and Nebraska.
Story Street receives U.S. Agriculture Department Farmers to Families food boxes monthly and also receives food from Food Bank for the Heartland, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and local businesses and residents. The group also purchases food using grants and monetary donations from the public.