The catastrophic floodwaters that swept across Nebraska and western Iowa in March have receded, but we remain vigilant in monitoring area rivers for rising waters yet this spring. Thousands of families continue to seek emergency assistance as homes, businesses, farms, ranches, roads and communities are being rebuilt.

Food Bank for the Heartland is committed to helping those experiencing hardship during this natural disaster and is partnering with the Northwest Community Action Partnership to host a free mobile food pantry in Valentine on Wednesday, June 19 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The mobile pantry will take place at Cherry County Fairgrounds, 120 S Green St., Valentine, NE 69201.

Approximately 3,000 pounds of food will be available for distribution and will include pasta, tomato sauce, rice, fresh apples, canned water and milk among other items. Disaster pantry packs will also be offered. They are 15-pound prepacked boxes filled with various nonperishable items.

Those attending the mobile pantry are asked to bring boxes or bags to assist in carrying the food they receive. Volunteers will be available to help recipients. No identification is required to obtain food. 

Food Bank for the Heartland’s Mobile Pantry program delivers food directly to communities that have a high need but limited food resources. In FY 2018, nearly 400 mobile pantries were held across the Food Bank’s 93-county service area helping approximately 47,400 food-insecure households. 

The list of other Food Bank supported mobile pantries is updated each month on the organization’s web site. June’s mobile pantry list may be found here:

Information about other disaster relief resources is available on
If members of the community are seeking opportunities to help their neighbors in need, they are encouraged to visit to make a donation to disaster relief.