OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — With lots of kids now on their third week off from school, a local church is stepping up to help parents by providing some hope.
"I think if the church and our church can be a loud voice in the darkness right now, saying there's hope on the other side of this, and if hope looks like a meal... let it look like a meal," said Aeric Wallace, My City Church downtown campus pastor.
My City Church launched its food support program Saturday, meeting the needs of area families during the coronavirus pandemic.
"The need that we saw was kids that are normally in school that are receiving meals aren't able to right now and so many kids that just need great food during this season to help mom and dad out," said Jesse Norman, pastor of My City Church.
Volunteers created meal kits and made deliveries to people who couldn't pick them up.
About 200 meals were donated Saturday.
"The big take away for me is that, this is a momentary season -- that there's more after this, and the way that the way we get through anything in life is with people, that you're never alone," said Pastor Wallace.
An overwhelming number of people wanted to help, but the church could only take a limited amount of volunteers due to public gathering restrictions.
"Every single bag was packed with us all wearing gloves... and if I saw someone touching their face -- I said hey, please don't be offended -- I'm gonna need you to go... take those gloves off get a new pair of gloves on, go wash your hands come back," said Pastor Wallace.
Worship service has also changed -- service is now streamed online.
Despite all the changes that have occurred over the past few weeks, church leaders said one thing remains the same.
"We're a city that rallies around each other... we really do believe in taking care of our neighbors," said Pastor Norman.
See more information on the meals here.