As COVID-19 infection rates have increased, so has the number of families seeking assistance from the Center for People in Need. In November, the Center distributed food to 3,295 families – almost reaching the total number of families served in 2019.
"Last year, we provided food to 3,473 families over the course of the entire year. Now, we nearly hit that total in a single month,” said Chris Funk, the Center's executive director. "It’s clear our community is still suffering through this pandemic."
The Center also provided a record number of diapers to children suffering diaper need, which is the insufficient supply of diapers to keep a baby clean, dry and healthy. More than 570 babies received diapers from the Center in November – a marked increase from the 451 babies served in October.
“We couldn’t do any of this without the generous support of our donors,” said Jo Ann Emerson, director of fund development. “Through this crisis, our supporters have repeatedly stepped up and answered our calls for help. Local businesses, politicians and foundations have contributed a significant amount of assistance as well. We’re truly lucky to have such dedicated supporters.”
The Center holds drive-thru distributions of food and diapers at its facility at 3901 N. 27th Street every weekday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. Anyone in need is welcome. For attendance tracking purposes, a current or expired Center Card is required to participate. Anyone without a Center Card may present a photo I.D. to receive a temporary card.
You can help the Center keep our community fed and its youngest residents diapered. Donate online at cfpin.org/donate-now or send a check to the Center for People in Need at 3901 N. 27th Street, Lincoln, NE 68521. You can also arrange a no-contact diaper donation by calling (402) 476-4357 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Or ship diapers directly from an online retailer to the Center at 3901 N. 27th Street, Lincoln NE 68521.