OMAHA, Neb. — The community is rallying together to help the most vulnerable people during the Coronavirus. The elderly and some children now out of school have to deal with a whole new issue - getting food.
As more and more schools close due to the Coronavirus, some children who relied on a meal at school are left in a difficult situation. The Food Bank for the Heartland is stepping up to help.
"Over the weekend we made an emergency purchase of $200,000 worth of food. That's un-budgeted. But we need it. It's the right thing to do," said Brian Barks, President and CEO of Food Bank for the Heartland.
Barks believes that this virus will expose America's food insecurity problem and that families will have a hard time recovering.
"This is going to be long-term. I think kind of along the lines of flood relief. People aren't going to bounce back right away," Barks added.
The Food Bank for the Heartland will host six drive-up mobile pantries starting Monday. Boxes filled with food ready for pickup, no questions asked.
Drive-up Mobile Pantry Times and Locations:
March 16 - Wilson Middle School (715 N 21st St. Council Bluffs, IA 51501) 4:30PM-6:00PM
March 20 - Plattsmouth Bible Church (1602 1st Ave. Plattsmouth, NE 68048) 4:00PM-out
March 24 - Kreft Primary School (3206 Renner Dr. Council Bluffs, IA 51501) 4:30PM-5:30PM
March 25 - Mission Middle School (2202 Washington St. Bellevue, NE 68005) 5:00PM-6:30PM
March 28 - All Saints Episcopal Church (9302 Blondo St. Omaha, NE 68134) 8:30AM-10:00AM
March 28 - Church of the Holy Spirit (1305 Thomas Dr. Bellevue, NE 68005) 10:00AM-12:00PM
Denny Lee, owner of Lee Law Offices is helping in another way - delivering food, groceries and medicine to the elderly.
"For those people that do have some concerns about going out to the grocery store or to the pharmacy, then we're happy to do it. We've received several calls and e-mails this morning from people who would need that and would like to have that," Lee said.
Lee Law Offices has been in contact with other attorneys in the area that are willing to help out as well, creating a sense of community and support in these trying times.
"It's the right thing to do for us. It's the right thing to do for the community," Lee said.
To help deliver groceries for the elderly or receive the service you can contact Lee Law Offices at 402-934-4409, firstname.lastname@example.org, or their Facebook.