Catholic charity works to serve food-insecure families amid pandemic

Posted at 6:36 PM, Mar 18, 2020

OMAHA, Neb. — Coronavirus is no doubt a threat to our health, but for many it could impact their bank accounts.

Omaha Catholic Charities is gearing up for an increase in need during these difficult times, with schools closing and businesses slowing down, the San Juan Diego Center in South Omaha saying they are staying open to provide critical services to food insecure families.

Mikaela Shuele, Director of Emergency and Supportive Food Service with Catholic Charities, says everything is fluid right now, and there has been a lot of changes in daily life. The director said She wants customers to know they can rely on the pantry during this trying time.

"This situation is so fluid, and we don't understand what's going on, and so like everybody else in the community, all of our clients are depending on having a stock pile of food just in case something happens where they can't leave their homes," Shuele said.

The Omaha Catholic Charities serve about 250 to 300 people weekly.