Salvation Army food pantry in need of donations

ESCANABA — The Salvation Army in Escanaba has nearly emptied its food pantry due to increased demand since the Christmas Holiday. Those turning to The Salvation Army needing food assistance during January and February have increased significantly over last year.    

Major Ralph Hansen, Corps Officer for The Salvation Army of Escanaba, says, “We have seen a significant increase in food pantry requests this year. In January and February of 2017 we provided a total of 351 food boxes while in for 2018 we have provided a total of 658 food boxes an increase of 307.”

This increase has placed a severe strain on the ability of the food pantry to meet the requests for next couple of months, until the “Stamp Out Hunger” drive put on by the US Postal Service.

Each household requesting food assistance from The Salvation Army is reviewed annually to verify need. As identified in a needs study completed in October of 2017, there is a growing population in Delta County identified as “underemployed.” These are largely single-parent families working less than 40 hours per week at minimum wage. Providing food baskets allows these families the ability to spend their limited resources on the necessities like rent, utilities, medical expenses, clothing, etc.

According to Major Evelyn White, volunteer food pantry coordinator, “The items we need most in our Pantry at this time are cereal, corn, pork and beans, boxed potatoes, canned spaghetti, tuna, peanut butter, dry spaghetti (1 lb.), macaroni and cheese, snack items, pudding and Jell-o, and ramen noodles.”

Items can be dropped off at The Salvation Army, 3001 5th Ave. S. from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Checks can be sent to The Salvation Army P.O. Box 424, Escanaba, MI 49829 with a note “For Food Pantry.”

For more information contact Major Ralph Hansen, Corps Officer, at 786-0950.