The pandemic has put hunger in the spotlight in Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – In Omaha and across the country, more families went to pantries for help following the COVID-19 outbreak. The Society of St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry has been helping people for years but was caught off guard by the pandemic. Demand has tripled, and organizers share 6 News that they have distributed groceries, diapers, and toiletries to approximately 33,000 people or 16.0900 families. The outbreak has shed light on Omaha’s hunger problem.

“It kind of came out of nowhere,” said Gillian Cromwell, manager of the pantry. “We had to crawl a lot to compensate for the increased demand.”

People go up or go up to get the food. Larry went for a walk with his dog Duke and bought groceries. “This place has really helped me in several ways … with dog food for my dog, milk for my cereal, and butter for my bread,” he said.

Cerita is one of many customers who drive for groceries. She told 6 News that she was picking up groceries for several families who did not have transportation. “Everyone has to pull together and help,” she said. “This disease really hurt everyone, so everyone has to help.”

Cromwell said hunger is “one of those invisible problems” and is ubiquitous in the community. “People don’t understand the level of hunger and food insecurity in Omaha. “You never know who needs food. It’s not something you can see when someone is walking down the street. It doesn’t matter what kind of car you drive. … it really affects everyone, so there are many people in need in our community, especially after the pandemic. “

Cromwell thanked the people of Nebraska for their support. “We are blessed to live in such a generous state, where we have people ready to support the pantry. It’s nice to see so many people come together to help. “

The pantry is located in 2021 Leavenworth. Food is distributed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

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