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Catholic Charities of Omaha’s Food Pantries Going Strong During Coronavirus Crisis, Providing Vital Service For Those in Need

March 2020

Food Pantries in North and South Omaha Stay Open, With Pre-Packaged Boxes Available at Pantry Entrances

[OMAHA, NE] Catholic Charities of Omaha will keep its two food pantries open during the unfolding COVID-19 health crisis, with a delivery scheduled for Wednesday, March 18th, at 9 a.m. at Catholic Charities’ Juan Diego Center in South Omaha, located at 5211 S 31st St.

“We will continue to provide this vital service to families in need throughout the Omaha area. If anything, the need is only likely to increase during these uncertain times,” said Fr. Mike Eckley, Catholic Charities’ Executive Director.

“At the same time, we need to protect the health and safety of everyone involved and are committed to doing everything we can to stop the spread of this virus,” Eckley continued.

Catholic Charities is shifting to pre-packaged boxes of food, available at the pantry entrance, to minimize person-to-person contact. Catholic Charities distributes over 200,000 pounds of food to more than 55,000 people every year through food pantries located in North and South Omaha and through a mobile food pantry and a homebound delivery program.

Currently, one in six children in Nebraska is living in poverty and nearly 13% of Nebraskans don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

“For many of our friends and neighbors in the community, it’s not a matter of when we eat, but if we eat,” Eckley said. “Fortunately, this is a tremendously generous and compassionate community we live in and we’re seeing people step up and come together every day during this crisis to look out for one another. That’s the power of community.”

About Catholic Charities: For nearly a century, whenever there are people in need – Catholic Charities has been there. Catholic Charities ministers to the greatest and most fundamental needs of our community, serving over 80,000 people in need every year regardless of race, religion, creed, or socioeconomic status. Since 1926, Catholic Charities has had a rich tradition of serving and advocating for the voiceless, hungry, addicted, abused, and forgotten individuals and families throughout the Omaha Archdiocese’s 23 counties. With the help of our generous donors and supporters, we are touching lives, changing lives, and even saving lives, every day. THAT’S THE POWER OF COMMUNITY!

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