(Omaha, NE) -- Douglas County officials are rolling out more funding for essential services throughout the metro area.
“Fortunately, with the stimulus, we’re seeing a little bit of a dip. We feel people are actually getting the food they need themselves,” Gillian Cromwell said. Cromwell manages the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, one of 62 groups receiving stimulus support from the Douglas County Commission.
"Just since the first of the year, we’ve dedicated $2 million in Douglas County General Fund money to area food banks," said County Commissioner Jim Cavanaugh, who also chairs the Health and Human Services committee. "In addition, we’ve dedicated another $500,000 to area food services. As you heard today, we have another $2 million going to small food services in our community.”
Cavanaugh said although he doesn't know when or how much, funding from the American Rescue Plan will go towards food banks and other essential programs as well.