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Produce returns to Open Door Mission, at least for today

Published: Oct. 1, 2020 at 2:21 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 1, 2020 at 7:49 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - People in need lined up at Open Door Mission to get a share of the produce and dairy delivered Thursday morning, but there’s been uncertainty surrounding whether it would be receiving any fresh produce going forward.

“It’s a lot of help," says Aimee Baker.

Aimee Baker says she’s been stopping by the Open Door Mission each time the farmers to families food program is available.

During the pandemic, she’s been struggling to put food on the table for her family.

“When you’re a low-income family and don’t have many hours of work, this helps out with food for my kids,” says Aimee Baker.

Baker isn’t alone.

Since the pandemic started, hundreds have lined up here each time a food truck arrived. All the produce has been picked up within a matter of hours.

Today was no different. After today’s load, officials with the open door mission say they aren’t sure when another truck will come.

“Not exactly sure when they’re coming. We didn’t exactly know this one was coming today until late yesterday afternoon. So, as long as they bring it, we’ll give it but, we’re not exactly sure. I don’t think anything is really solid,” says Amy Harvey, Open Door Mission.

The Farmers to Families program is now into Phase Three, which means additional items should be coming — like meat. But no meat showed up in today’s truckload.

“Phase three was supposed to be produce and dairy meat. We got a little bit of produce, quite a bit of dairy. So, we’re giving out what we can but we are dairy heavy this time,” Harvey said.

As frustrations continue to grow for those running the program at Open Door Mission, people like Baker say they’ll take what they can get during this difficult time.

Without it, they aren’t sure where their next fresh meal will come from.

“It kind of gets hard," Baker said. “You have to call around and ask help from anybody who can.”

Two more truckloads are supposed to show up this month. It’s unclear when they will arrive.

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