Roanoke Salvation Army food pantry low on supplies

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) -  An emergency food supply is running low at the salvation army.

It's so low volunteers worry they may have to start turning away families in need in the coming months.

To help spread the word, the organization is sending letters asking for donations. Capt. William McKinley says they never want to deny food to those who come and ask because of low supplies.

"You never want to have to say to someone that ‘we don't have food to offer you," McKinley said.

The food pantry is running low, especially on fresh produce and frozen foods. McKinley says they have a decent supply of canned goods, but are looking for heartier meals to provide to families.

This past week has been especially busy for the Salvation Army.

"We do see a little spike during this week," McKinley said.

More people than usual have come here in need food. "Kids are out of school. With it being Spring break, kids may not have breakfast and lunch where they would get in at school if they are on free and reduced lunch. So they have to have it in the house," McKinley said.

On a fixed income, McKinley says parents often can't afford to keep the food needed for their children in the home. This can be especially stressful when children are out of school.

Now that the holidays are over donations are scarce.But as their sign standing in front of their building reads "if you have power to make someone happy...do it."

They are asking once again for the public to reach out and help a hungry neighbor in need.

For more information on how to donate visit www.salvationarmyroanokeva.com

Pantry Shopping List:

  • Potatoes
  • Meat
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Milk
  • Bread
  • Cereal
  • Rice

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