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Food Bank Gets Big Donation From Company, Founder Killed in Crash

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Franque Thompson

OMAHA (KPTM)- The Food Bank of the Heartland gets one of the biggest donations it's had this year from a company that's seen its share of tough times.

Empty shelves and boxes stand where goods at the Food Bank would normally be at this time of the year.

"You can see through the shelves from one side of the building to the other," said Susan Ogborn, President of the Food Bank.

The food bank is facing an all time low and it has been a struggle to help feed families in need.

"We go through about 50,000 pounds of food a day, if we have it."

North Star Financing employees paired off for its annual food drive.

"A lot of us are really blessed here and so we really wanted to do what we can to help our fellow citizens here in Omaha," said Brian Nielsen of North Star.

And help out they did.  This is the biggest food drive north star has ever done.  And it's one of the biggest donations the food bank has received this year.

"We really took pride in giving back to the community," said Nielsen.

According to the Food Bank, about 1.2 pounds of food equals a meal.  Nearly 13,000 pounds of food was donated from North Star.  Do the math—that's over 10,000 mouths that will be fed this holiday season.

"It's good useful poundage.  It's vegetables, it's meat, it's potatoes, it looks just fabulous," said Ogborn.

North Star says the donations kicked into high gear after tragedy struck the company. It was November 10th when Patrick Clarke and his son, were killed in a plane crash outside of Fresno, California.  Clarke was one of the company's founders.  He was known for his generosity.  And Clarke's giving spirit spread to the rest of the company.

"The community really rallied and showed us support so we wanted to give them support back," said Nielsen.

Showing their support in numbers.  One of the crates filled, weighed in at about 1,700 pounds. And every single bit of it will help a family start of their holiday with a hot meal.

The donations didn't end with food, North Star employees also gave the Food Bank a $1,200 check.

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