The Salvation Army in Omaha and University of Nebraska at Omaha students are joining forces to help feed the homeless.
Members of UNO's Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity will sleep in cardboard boxes at an Omaha mall this week through Friday night as part of a food drive and as a way to raise awareness of the plight of homeless people.
The students will collect monetary and food donations throughout the week for The Salvation Army food pantry.
Demand for food pantry assistance has risen by more than 36 percent compared with last year.
The goal this year is to collect 50,000 food items.
On Thursday afternoon, UNO students will be collecting donations at a Hy-Vee grocery store in southwest Omaha.