FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 15, 2019
OMAHA, NE, Heartland Hope Mission–People affected by the government shutdown can receive assistance at Heartland Hope Mission. One of the local food pantry's goals is to help prevent families from becoming homeless, by providing assistance during crisis situations. Those in need can receive a week's supply of groceries including: milk, produce, and meat; along with diapers, hygiene items and clothing at no cost. Families will also meet with a client service specialist that can provide guidance in accessing additional services.
Heartland Hope Mission is setting aside Thursdays at 3:00 pm as a special time for families affected by the shutdown to receive assistance; however, the food pantry is open Tuesdays 6:30 pm -7:30 pm, Thursdays 1:30 pm- 4 pm, and Saturdays 9:30 am-12 pm and those in need are welcome to come at their convenience during these hours.
"We want to make sure families know that they have access to food assistance during the shutdown so they can use their limited funds on other bills that have to be paid. Our goal is to provide families in need with as many resources as possible. 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. This assistance can help them prioritize the resources they have." said Chelsea Salifou, CEO at Heartland Hope Mission.
If people want to help, they can drop off diapers, shampoo or deodorant or donate on-line at HeartlandHopeMission.org. Thirty-three cents provides a meal, so a donation of any amount helps families in need.
About Heartland Hope Mission
At Heartland Hope Mission's South Omaha and Millard food pantries, working poor families choose a week's supply of nutritious groceries including: milk, frozen meat, and fresh produce to prepare well-balanced meals at home. Clients also receive: clothing, hygiene items, diapers, and access to a client service specialist, who assists with SNAP (food stamp) applications and navigational services. Last year the provided pantries to over 45,000 people. All services are provided locally. You can make a $25 donation at HeartlandHopeMission.org.