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This is a snapshot of The Salvation Army's ongoing COVID-19 pandemic-relief efforts in the Omaha metro:
Meals served to food-insecure children and families in the Omaha metro as part of a multi-agency team led by the Food Bank for the Heartland
Food pantry orders filled for individuals and families from March through July (one order can feed up to two people for five days)
Grab-and-go lunches served at our North Worship and Service Center (North Corps) to people in need from March through July
Activity kits (including books and educational games) distributed to families with school-aged children by the Omaha Kroc Center
We at the Omaha-based Salvation Army Western Division are responding to help the metro community amid the COVID-19 pandemic — and we want to reassure the community that we will be here to help in the weeks and months ahead.
First, our food pantry operation at the Burrows Center (6101 NW Radial Highway) is prepared to assist greater numbers of people. Staff there have been pre-packaging pantry orders into boxes in order to help mitigate any potential virus spread. Anyone in need is welcome to pick up a food box at the Burrows Center between 9 a.m-11 a.m. and 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Mon-Tues and Thurs-Fri.
Our social services staff have a plan in place to provide additional support for longer-term, community-wide needs — especially for families that are facing temporary layoffs and other financial impacts due to economic-related COVID-19 developments. This additional support would include assisting people with paying their monthly bills, utilities, and rent.
Furthermore, we want to reiterate that ensuring the safety of those who depend on Salvation Army services and programs is a top priority for us. We have expanded our efforts to mitigate any potential virus spread among our staff, volunteers, and program participants. For example, extra health-related precautions are being taken in our residential facilities — including additional cleaning and disinfecting throughout the day.
We are in regular contact with government officials to stay astride of the latest developments in the fight against COVID-19, and also to stay informed of emerging community needs. We will work to expand our response to meet those needs as they arise.
We again want to reassure the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro that we are here to serve, and that we will continue to be here to serve everyone in need during these uncertain times.
Many of us are experiencing varying levels of anxiety and fear right now as we wait to see how the COVID-19 pandemic will unfold in our own communities. Please know that a key part of The Salvation Army’s mission is to come alongside those who are suffering to offer spiritual and emotional support. We are here for anyone who is in need of encouragement, prayer or pastoral counseling. May the peace and hope of Christ be with you.