Omaha area food pantry to help workers affected by shutdown

January 17, 2019

A local food pantry is offering to help people affected by the government shutdown.

Heartland Hope Mission is offering a week’s supply of groceries — and diapers, hygiene items and clothing — at no cost. Families also can meet with the agency to get assistance receiving additional services.

Heartland Hope Mission is setting aside Thursdays at 3 p.m. for families affected by the shutdown, but those families can also receive help during regular hours.

The pantry’s South Omaha site, 2021 U St., is open:

» Tuesdays 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

» Thursdays 1:30 to 4 p.m., and

» Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to noon.

“Many Americans live paycheck to paycheck, so we encourage families to come and get assistance immediately, because we don’t know how long the government will be shut down,” said Chelsea Salifou, CEO at Heartland Hope Mission. “This assistance can help them prioritize the resources they have.”

The general public can drop off diapers, shampoo or deodorant or donate online at HeartlandHopeMission.org. Thirty-three cents provides a meal, so a donation of any amount helps families in need.

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