The Salvation Army in Conway is running out of food, with more families to feed in recent weeks. The food pantry has served 39 percent more than it did in July 2013. In July 2013, 84 families were provided food boxes at a value of $2,079, and in July 2014, 226 food boxes were distributed at a value of $6,530.
That is why The Salvation Army is asking the public to help stock its shelves. Every day The Salvation Army reaches out to the hungry in the community with nutritious food to meet their basic need for sustenance.
The people served include the working poor who are struggling to escape poverty, lonely and destitute senior citizens, and men, women and children who have no place to turn for help.
Items needed for the food pantry include peanut butter, cans of high-protein items such as tuna, chicken, beans, beef stew and vegetables. Other items include canned fruit, dried fruit, baby food and formula, one-pound bags of beans, bags of rice, etc. At this time, the most needed items are canned goods, peanut butter and dairy products.
Other non-food items to donate include paper products such as toilet paper and paper towels, personal care products such as shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, deodorant and soap products. Extras might include tea, coffee, and spices. Items can be dropped off at 2125 Harkrider St., Suite 12.
Major David Robinson said, "The shelves are basically empty. We have people calling for food boxes and we have to turn them away."
Social Services Director Debbie Hendrix said she is seeing this happen on a monthly basis. Within the first couple of weeks of the month, most all of the canned food items are gone from the shelves.
Because the Salvation Army buys many food items in bulk, they are able to stretch monetary gifts and do the most good possible for hungry people in the community. A donation of $25 can feed one person for a week. $100 will provide food for a family of four for a week.
The Salvation Army of Conway provides food boxes to the needy on a regular, if not daily basis. However, during the month of June there were 35 individual cases they could not assist due to shelves being empty.
"It helps so much if the community is aware and if they are able to assist us, to do so." Major Robinson said. "It is a good thing to bless those in need, because you never know when you might need help."
You can also help out The Salvation Army without ever leaving your house. You can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and donate to the Conway, AR location and direct it towards emergency needs. Also, checks can be mailed to The Salvation Army, PO Box 1176, Conway, AR 72033-1176.