Salvation Army Food Pantry Breaks Donating Record

There is a big need in Grand Island when it comes to the amount of people who need help putting food on the table, and last month was a record setter for the Salvation Army's food pantry.

Many food items help keep the shelves stocked at the Salvation Army's food pantry in Grand Island. Food like beans, stuffing, and even mac and cheese.

"In a month we see approximately 200 families, maybe 200 individuals," said Mark Merritt with the Salvation Army.

The need doesn't stop there, the Salvation Army also serves two meals a day Monday through Friday.

"We've seen our meals program numbers rise every year," said Captain Dave Mowers with the Salvation Army.

The numbers don't seem to be going down this year either. In fact they've already served an extra 900 meals this year over last year.

"It's over 65,000 meals we do in a year," said Mowers.

When it comes to donating food through the food pantry, last month was a record breaker.

"We gave away over $20,000 worth of donated food to people in the community just last month," commented Mowers.

Much of that help going to people with a job, but still can't pay all of their bills.

"I think a lot of time when it gets colder and people are catching up on utility bills that people let go in the summer. Kids are going back to school and expenses increase with that also," commented Merritt.

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