Salvation Army to Assume Allied Churches Food Pantry
The Salvation Army of Alamance County and Allied Churches are combining their food pantry distribution efforts in Alamance County, effective immediately. The local Salvation Army, located at 812 Anthony Street, Burlington, will become the community location for food distribution for people in need in Alamance County. Allied Churches will continue to focus its efforts and funding on ensuring that the nighttime shelter and meals for the community remain available while working with the Salvation Army staff and volunteers through the food pantry program transition. The two anchor agencies for supporting food-insecure residents in Alamance County are committed to developing a combined sustainable model for assisting local citizens with basic food necessities.
“We are so appreciative of the quick offer for assistance from Salvation Army and their willingness to assume the operations of our food pantry. This will allow Allied Churches to maintain focus on our core mission of quickly housing the homeless and will ensure that the food pantry program will continue without interruption,” said Kelly Paul, Board Chair of Allied Churches of Alamance County.
As just one of its many local outreach initiatives, The Salvation Army of Alamance County already faithfully serves the community by providing hungry families and individuals with emergency food assistance. The number of families experiencing food insecurity in Alamance County has risen steadily over the past few years. Currently, the Army and its dedicated team of volunteers fill more than 8500 boxes of food with basic staples and fresh food items each year for families on an emergency basis. A family is eligible to come once a week to the Salvation Army Emergency Food Pantry for fresh food items (milk, bread, fruits and vegetables). Once every 90 days, an emergency box of food that lasts approximately 7 to 10 days for a family of four is available for those in need. Generous donations from citizens, local companies, and the Second Harvest Food Bank make it possible for the Salvation Army to provide this much-needed service to the community. Experienced staff and volunteers are well-equipped to expand operations and take on the added responsibilities of serving more residents who need food assistance.
The collaboration is the result of a meeting hosted by the United Way of Alamance County that brought community organizations and leaders together to discuss how to develop ongoing sustainable support for the Allied Churches of Alamance County homeless shelter and supplemental services, including a food pantry. After the meeting, the local Salvation Army staff, volunteers and board members felt called to be part of the solution. Salvation Army Lieutenants Derrick and Odessa Smith met with board members from Allied Churches to discuss and plan how the organizations could work together to ensure that residents experiencing food insecurity would continue to receive support.
“Each day at our Salvation Army office, our staff and volunteers work faithfully to meet many needs of our neighbors. Being able to provide adults and children with basic food items when they are in crisis is an important part of our mission and a vital service to our community. We feel blessed to be part of the solution for sustainability,” commented Derrick Smith, Salvation Army Lieutenant.
Monetary donations for the community pantry mission should go to Salvation Army of Alamance County, P. O. Box 1238 Burlington, NC 27217. Food item donations should be delivered to 812 North Anthony Street, Burlington at the Salvation Army headquarters.
For monetary donations to support Allied Churches of Alamance County, visit alliedchurches.org or mail to Allied Churches P. O. Box 2581, Burlington, NC 27216.
Volunteer opportunities to support both agencies are posted on VolunteerAlamance.org or contact Salvation Army at 336 227-5529 or Allied Churches of Alamance County 336 229-0881 for more details.
For individuals needing emergency shelter or food pantry assistance, contacting United Way’s 211 will direct people to the appropriate resource.
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