Omaha would not want perishable meals earlier than the holiday

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – WOWT works with Methodist to stuff the bus for the holiday season. Thursday we ask for your help in fighting hunger in our community and in brightening up the holiday for children with toys.

This year is more than ever – with so much fighting during the pandemic – it is of the utmost importance that we give back.

“It’s critical. Imagine trying to support a family when you cannot. Then add the holidays, ”says Marty Smith, managing director of St. Vincent de Paul.

This year alone, the St. Vincent de Paul pantry has seen three times as many people as in a typical year. That’s because the COVID-19 pandemic has hit so many Nebraskans.

“So we usually did around 120 people a day. Now we’re pushing 300-320 a day, ”said Smith.

Any non-perishable food you drop in on Thursday will help 6 News. “Stuff the Bus” goes straight to the St. Vincent de Paul pantry.

On Thursday between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m., bring your food and clothing donations to one of our two Methodist locations: drop off your items in the parking lot of the Methodist Women’s Hospital on 192nd and Dodge Streets. or 87th and Dodge Streets.

While all donations are welcome, there is a whole list of items the pantry will need to stock those shelves in time for the Christmas season.

“It’s pasta, granola, canned beans, not green beans, just any other type of beans and rice,” says Smith.

You can also hand in toys to give to children in need this year.

Everything you donate has a lasting impact on someone in our community.

“I think tomorrow we’ll just focus on helping people get through the holidays with food on the table,” said Smith.

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