FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
World Food Day
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Rita Hamele
CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF OMAHA INVITES THE COMMUNITY TO TAKE PART IN WORLD FOOD DAY ON OCTOBER 16, 2020
Omaha, NE – Catholic Charities of Omaha is inviting the community to take part in WORLD FOOD DAY on Friday, October 16, 2020, by supporting its Emergency and Supportive Food Services. Created by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1979, the purpose is to draw attention to the number of people suffering from chronic hunger.
Food is seen as a basic human right, yet the Coronavirus pandemic has caused an unprecedented spike in hunger, affecting individuals and families right here in our community, as well as many others around the world. Since March, Catholic Charities of Omaha has witnessed first-hand the devastating effects the Coronavirus pandemic has had on the impoverished and vulnerable communities it serves.
In a typical year, Catholic Charities of Omaha provides over 200,000 pounds of food to over 50,000 people who lack the resources to meet basic nutritional needs through its two pantries, a mobile food pantry, and its homebound delivery program for seniors. In September of this year alone, the agency distributed 177,358 pounds of food through its two pantries. And the people served went from 7,314 in April to 17,185 in September.
In observance of WORLD FOOD DAY, from now through Sunday, Catholic Charities of Omaha invites the community to help feed the hungry in our community by supporting the work of its two local food pantries – the Juan Diego Center located in South Omaha, and the Saint Martin de Porres Center in North Omaha. Individuals can show their support by donating via the organization’s Amazon Wish List or its website.
100% of all monetary donations made from now through Sunday, in support of
WORLD FOOD DAY, will go directly to Catholic Charities Emergency and Supportive Food Services.
About Catholic Charities: Catholic Charities ministers to the greatest and most fundamental needs of our community, serving over 100,000 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!
For more information on Catholic Charities, visit http://www.ccomaha.org.