Free Groceries for Thousands on Saturday

Rain or shine, Midtown Crossing at Turner Park will have a busy Saturday. Thousands of people are expected to pick up 35,000 pounds of free groceries as part of Omaha's Convoy of Hope.

Since 1994, the national organizations has had the goal to address the issue of poverty.

Hundreds of volunteers from a number of local churches will help distribute the free groceries on a first come, first serve basis.

There will be also free health checks, haircuts and free shoes for children.

"Last year -- I along with some pastors -- went to Haiti to see its Convoy of Hope disaster team in action first-hand," said Bart Wilkins, coordinator for Omaha's Convoy of Hope. "When we came back, we found out that they actually do this in cities in America almost on a weekly basis."

The groceries will be distributed beginning from 10-2 Saturday at Turner Park, 31st & Farnam.

The national Convoy of Hope has served approximately 1.6-million people in 212 cities since 1994.

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