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Salvation Army: Our Shelves Are Bare

A plea for help...
PEORIA - For those who can't afford to put food on the table, the Salvation Army is a place where many of them turn, but lately it's also had trouble keeping up.

Many of the food storage bins in the Salvation Army’s warehouse are empty. This time of year is usually a stretch for many organizations with two major holidays coming up. Donations from the previous year are dwindling and the Salvation Army says it’s serving more people than ever. The organization says it will take all the help it can get.

"We certainly want to remind people that as the holidays get closer and actually, any time of year, when people call us up and say, hey can we donate food, can we do a food drive, the answer is always yes," said Assistant Development Director, Rich Draeger.

People can donate online or at any Salvation Army location.

The Salvation Army offers several feeding programs that benefit many in Peoria. These programs are all dependent on generous donations from our many friends and supporters. These programs include:

  Lunch With Love:   Our primary feeding program, which is served daily from 11:30 to 1 p.m. out of our Sylvia Fites Family Service Center. So far in 2013, we have served over 33,176 meals in this program, and delivered an additional 16,340 for an average of more than 288 per day.

  Food Pantry:  We also operate a food pantry out of our food warehouse and distribute it through our Family Services. Families and individuals can come in and get a food parcel that typically provides about three days of food for a family of four. In the first 9 months of 2013, we processed 2,179 orders representing 4,318 people and over 50,364 meals.

  Shelter Residents:  Residents in our Family Shelter get meals each day – all of which are served in the shelter lunchroom. In the first nine months of this year, we served over 14,422 meals to shelter residents.

  Child Care Center:  Children that are in our Child Care Center get a snack and a daily lunch provided while they are in our care. In the past year, that number included 8,960 snacks and 18,473 meals.

  Safety Net Shelter:  The Salvation Army operates its Safety Net Shelter in the Sylvia Fites Family Service Center on a year-round basis. This program for homeless men provides a warm place to sleep and soup and sandwiches for the men. Since January of this year, we provided 21,152 meals to the men who stayed in our Safety Net Shelter.

 “We are very grateful to the many area companies, schools and individuals who help us carry out our work with those who need it most,” said Major Evie Diaz, Divisional Commander for the Heartland Division. “Any food donations will enable us to work with clients seeking feeding assistance.”
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