Omaha-area McDonald’s owner-operators on Tuesday donated 10,000 pounds of food to the Food Bank for the Heartland.
The owner-operators partnered with the company’s distribution partner, EARP Distribution, to make the donation.
Workers unloaded seven pallets of food from a large McDonald’s-branded truck at the food bank’s building at 105th and J Streets. The donation included 6,000 beef patties, more than 15,000 tubes of Go-Gurt, 126 cartons of liquid egg whites and 240 cases of nonfat milk.
“We felt it was the right thing to do,” said Dustin Darmody, an owner-operator.
Food Bank for the Heartland distributes food to more than 600 pantries, shelters and partners across Nebraska and western Iowa. The McDonald’s owner-operators said they wanted to donate to an organization that would have an impact across Nebraska and into Iowa.
The donation comes at a time when the food bank’s need has increased, as have purchasing costs. Thousands of Nebraskans and Iowans have lost jobs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, making it tough to afford food.
“This is a really important donation for us,” said Kelly Ptacek, vice president of external affairs at Food Bank for the Heartland. “It’s really important when people are really hurting.”