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THE SALVATION ARMY EXPANDS FOOD PANTRY
New upgrades allow for more choices
There has always been a food pantry available to those in need at The Salvation Army's Lied Renaissance Center at 3612 Cuming Street, but this year, it's getting a much needed makeover. In attempts to match The Salvation Army's Kroc Center's Consumer Choice pantry success, The Army has transformed what used to be a small, typical food pantry into something with more "choice." With more space for product and making it easier to navigate, it allows for more people to be helped in a much more convenient way.
The Consumer Choice pantry model allows food pantry recipients the liberty to make their own food choices. Consumer Choice also ensures that recipients with special dietary needs, such as diabetes, find more appropriate choices.
This model also provides incentive for healthier eating. Through a points system, consumers, based on their household size, are able to "purchase" food. With healthier foods costing fewer points, proper dietary choices are better maintained. This gives more freedom of choice as opposed to regular food pantries that provide a preset quantity of already chosen food.
The Consumer Choice program not only helps adults, but local children as well. With more than 16 million American children in food insecure homes, having access to this program not only addresses the issues of childhood hunger and obesity, but also has positive effects on their adulthood, including health and economic self-efficiency. The Salvation Army hopes that with this new system in place, it can help reduce hunger among Omaha's less fortunate. Last year, 27,646 individuals were provided with food and material assistance.
Donations of non-perishable foods are needed to stock the shelves of the food pantry. Donations can be brought to the Lied Renaissance Center, 3612 Cuming Street, or dropped off at your neighborhood Omaha Fire Station.
The Salvation Army Lied Renaissance Center
The Salvation Army in Omaha, Nebraska has an established history of providing high quality comprehensive care to people needing assistance in the Omaha area. The Salvation Army operates a multi-service campus located at 3612 Cuming Street, providing a variety of services to individuals and families across all life stages and circumstances. This facility is unique in the nation in terms of the variety of diverse programming offered on-site: including child and youth care, material assistance, case management and community outreach, senior services and spiritual care if requested. The Lied Renaissance Center campus is a micro-community with more than 200 people living on the campus on any given day. Such an array of residential care and services provide unparalled access within a holistic, integrated, and caring community environment. Below are some of the faces that have travelled through one of our programs.
The Salvation Army is the largest social service agency in the metropolitan area. It encompasses more than 20 programs that provide low-income people with food, shelter, clothing, disaster relief and counseling. The Salvation Army has served the state of Nebraska since 1888 and the city of Omaha since 1897.
About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.