ESCANABA - While requests for assistance through The Salvation Army have remained consistent with last year's record numbers, the pantry is now nearly depleted. Although they have not had a significant increase from 2011 figures, the demand for assistance has kept pace with last year.
"While we are not seeing the significant increases in requests that were recorded last year, we, however, have remained consistent with last year's figures," said Major Ralph Hansen, corps officer for The Salvation Army of Escanaba. "Between October 2010 and July 2011 we provided food pantry assistance to 2,502 households. This year, October 2011 to July 2012, we have provided assistance to 2,407 households. This represents just less than 10 fewer cases per month than were served in 2011. These requests have been especially high during the summer months, resulting in our pantry being nearly depleted."
While statistics are not yet available for August, indications are the salvation Army continues to assist a large number of household through the food pantry and we will likely end the year very close to the record number of households served during 2010-11.
"The items we need most in our pantry at this time are canned meats, box meals, vegetables, cereals, pastas and sauces, canned or instant potatoes, crackers, soup, fruit, peanut butter, and jelly," said Tammy Bigelow, social services caseworker.
Items can be dropped off at The Salvation Army, 3001 5th Ave. S., from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Monetary donations to help with the purchase of food can be sent to The Salvation Army at P.O. Box 424, Escanaba, MI, 49829-0424.