The Salvation Army Continues to Feed Families and Individuals in Need During the Pandemic

Aug 19, 2020

With unemployment still at an historic high, and a pandemic that shows no signs of slowing down, individuals and families in the Omaha metro are turning to The Salvation Army’s food programs for help as they struggle to make ends meet.

From mid-march through July, North Corps served nearly 10,800 grab-and-go and Kids Café meals, with numbers increasing by 50% in July alone. During the same four-month period, the food pantry at the Burrows Center for Help and Hope filled more than 3,000 grocery orders. And between March 20 and August 7, The Salvation Army partnered with Food Bank for the Heartland and other local agencies to distribute more than 421,000 meals to families with school-age children through the Mobile BackPack program.

“Buying food gets expensive,” said Patricia, a mother of four children who recently visited the food pantry at the Burrows Center. “When I run short, it really helps to be able to come here.”

“Food is a basic necessity; if you’re hungry, or if your children are hungry, it’s almost impossible to think about or accomplish anything else,” said Maj. Greg Thompson, divisional commander of The Salvation Army Western Division. “A person’s ability to thrive depends first on being able to survive, which is why meeting basic needs is so central to The Salvation Army’s mission. And as we’ve seen during this pandemic, our mission is more important than ever.”

Please consider making a donation to support The Salvation Army’s ongoing COVID-19 Relief Fund, which helps food-insecure families make ends meet during this challenging time. Thank you!

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