Investments provide direct assistance that mitigates hunger and food insecurity, along with providing nutritional food for individuals and families in a crisis.
Our two neighborhood centers (Christ Child Center in north Omaha (CCN) and Juan Diego Center (JDC) in south Omaha) are well-recognized community venues that affirm the dignity of each person receiving services. We have created a culture of trust and competence by intentionally promoting a welcoming environment for low to no-income individuals and families in the north and south Omaha communities.
The Hunger and Homelessness Prevention Program is designed to lift working poor families above the poverty line; provide necessary support to those in severe poverty to avoid homelessness and hunger, and commit to sustainable community changes to end hunger. We lift up the working poor through providing nutritious, balanced food in a choice pantry that emphasizes client dignity.
Each day, Siena/Francis House Homeless Shelter serves more meals to currently homeless men, women and children than all other Omaha shelters combined. In 2015, Siena/Francis House Homeless Shelter prepared and served 426,350 meals to homeless and low-income men, women and children in our community - an average of 1,168 meals per day. These include breakfast, brunch on Sundays and holidays, lunch, and dinner.
The Omaha Kroc Center is more than a fitness club; our array of programs encourage enriching, life-changing experiences for children, adults and families. Many youth in this community need additional support for health and nutritional food programs during summer, winter and spring breaks. The two neighboring elementary schools, Highland Elementary has a 87% ratio for youth on reduced or free lunch programs and Indian Hills has a 93% ratio of youth on reduced or free lunch programs. This is a poverty level that is among the highest in the city of Omaha.
The Salvation Army provides several feeding programs in the Omaha Metro Area. One program is at our Omaha North Corps’ Community Kare Kitchen which is designed to feed the hungry at lunch time Monday through Friday. However, over time this program has developed greater purposes: supporting the working poor, empowering individuals with knowledge on further education programs and career opportunities, finally; Providing hope for participants to have a few moments of normality and safety.