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Catholic Charities plans Saturday food drive to supplement pantries

Catholic Charities plans Saturday food drive to supplement pantries

Tanya Prokop spends a couple of hours a day managing the inventory and restocking the pantry, similar to a Little Free Library.

Catholic Charities is soliciting food and monetary donations, given increased demand from COVID-19-stressed families.

Demand for food is up 400%, according to the organization.

In July alone, Catholic Charities said in a press release, it distributed three-fourths the amount of food it normally gives out in an entire year (150,000 pounds was distributed in July, compared with 200,000 pounds in a normal year).

The food drive will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 9223 Bedford Ave.

The agency is soliciting nonperishable food, diapers, toiletry items and masks. The donations will be distributed to its two pantries, its program to provide food to senior citizens and its mobile pantry.

Monetary donations can be made by texting HUNGER2020 to 402-256-6655 or online at

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