The North Omaha pantry continues to feed households throughout the pandemic

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – A pantry in northern Omaha has been feeding families since before the coronavirus. Almost a year after the pandemic began, the demand has increased tenfold.

Cars lined up in the Trinity Feeds Food Pantry 30 minutes before opening.

In February 2020 we have maybe 40 families. We made 70 in March, so we almost doubled in just a month. And that was at the very beginning, before anything was really turned off, ”said Karna Kudirka, a member of the Trinity Church.

Over the months this number has increased again.

“In November we ran out of groceries and we made 140 cars – households made it through. In December we improved a bit, changed our game a bit and looked after 360 families, ”said Karna.

It started again in January, but Kudirka says they are ready for whatever happens. Families drive up, tell how many there are in their household and are loaded with essentials.

“Hygiene bags with shampoo, soaps, toothbrushes and toothpaste if you need them. And while stocks last, we have these USDA boxes via Whispering Routes, ”said Karna.

The need is great, family after family to share how life changing these boxes of blessings are.

“I have six children and they’re home schooling, like distance learning. So it helps us care for them all week.”

That is why Kudirka and all the volunteers are committed to this community.

“It will be a mission that we will continue as long as our volunteers and funding allow us,” Karna said.

The Trinity Feed Food Pantry is open every third Saturday of the month. Volunteers and donations are always welcome.

Correction: The spelling of Reddick Ave on the 5pm news bulletin has been corrected to Redick Ave. 6 News regrets the mistake.

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