There are several ways to help the Lincoln Salvation Army's Food Pantry:
Feeding the hungry is a year-round struggle. For the Salvation Army, that struggle is now an emergency.
"Coming into the office Monday morning, our freezers were completely bare with limited stuff and no meat. We really need help restocking our shelves so we can continue to feed people in Lincoln," said Karen Cullinan, Salvation Army Development Director.
"I've only been here maybe six weeks volunteering and the food contents have steadily decreased due to lack of donations," said Carolyn Page, Pantry Volunteer.
Within the last year, there's been a 521% increase in the number of people coming through the Salvation Army's doors. That coupled with the recent heat means healthy food options are scarce.
"When we have more food with different varieties, that really lets our clients shop. Where now, they really aren't shopping for very much because it's all the basic stuff," Cullinan said.
The Salvation Army depends on donations to feed the hungry. Volunteers say it's easy; just bring in your extra food and help fill a belly.
"If you have food, if you have a big supply of food, if you have a canned food cupboard that's overflowing because you haven't been using it, take the extra stuff and bring it in because people could use it," said Paul Joiner, Salvation Army Volunteer.
Paula and her sister, Carolyn, know first hand what those donations mean; they once relied on them.
"It's a great blessing to know the Salvation Army was here with their food pantry when we needed it," Joiner added.