The theft of thousands of dollars worth of food from The Neighbors' Place comes at the worst possible time. The food pantry's supplies were already low and the number of people they're now serving is rising all the time because of unemployment.
It's a crime that's hard to believe. Someone made off with large cases full of food in a Tuesday night break-in. Employees had noticed a few items missing over the last seven months but a broken window alerted them to a big theft this time.
Items purchased recently at the Second Harvest food bank in Omro were almost all taken. It will be more than a week before The Neighbors' Place is expecting a new shipment of food.
They say they're sending needy families to the Salvation Army in the meantime and soliciting donations from businesses and individuals. You can bring food donations directly to 745 Scott Street anytime Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.