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Outlook Nebraska toilet paper available to order online during COVID-19 shortage

OMAHA, Neb. (March 18, 2020) – As grocery stores, retailers and businesses struggle to keep up with the demand for toilet paper amidst supply chain constraints brought on by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Outlook Nebraska’s production facility has capacity to manage some local shortfalls for the general public and commercial enterprises.

Outlook Nebraska, an Omaha-based nonprofit that employs people who are blind and visually impaired in the production of its bathroom tissue products, currently produces more than 35 tissue and towel products. It is the largest employer of the blind in Nebraska.

“Our tissue products are made by individuals who are blind or have low vision, many of whom would not have employment opportunities outside of Outlook, though they are more than capable,” said Eric Stueckrath, CEO of Outlook Nebraska. “Purchasing from Outlook supports our mission to provide new, meaningful employment opportunities for people affected by vision conditions.”

Outlook Nebraska primarily serves federal government customers. During a shortage driven by panic buying and uncertainty about the spread of the virus, Outlook is extending its services to help individuals, area businesses and distributors meet increased demand for toilet paper.

People wanting to purchase toilet paper from Outlook Nebraska must pre-order at https://www.outlookne.org/socially-responsible-purchasing. The following pickup times are available at the nonprofit’s headquarters, 4125 s. 72 St., while supplies last.

·March 18 – 2 to 6 p.m.

·March 19 – 2 to 6 p.m.

·March 20 – 2 to 6 p.m.

·March 21 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pickup Instructions

·Each individual order is limited to five cases per product to prevent excess stockpiling of toilet paper by individual consumers.

·Ordering must be completed online. Cash will not be accepted at Outlook Nebraska.

·Orders will be taken to vehicles; no visitors will be permitted into the building.

·Each person picking up will need to show their order confirmation.

“We recognize there is a need in our community and we have the capability to meet heightened demand. It’s important to us that vulnerable populations are able to have their basic needs met,” Stueckrath said. “We are fortunate to be able to be of help because we recently made investments that increased our production capacity by 40 percent.”

Businesses and distributors can purchase toilet paper by contacting sales@outlookne.org or call 402.614.3331 for more information.

About Outlook Nebraska

Outlook Nebraska is a nonprofit organization dedicated to positively impacting everyone who is blind and visually impaired. Outlook Nebraska helps anyone dealing with vision loss find the resources they need, learn how to use technology to stay independent, find out about employment opportunities, and stay active through recreation and cultural activities. Outlook Nebraska produces and sells janitorial paper products, and over 75 percent of associates working in the production facility are legally blind. To learn more about Outlook or to contribute to its mission, call 402-614-3331 or visit outlookne.org.

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