September 18, 2014

Elyria
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Salvation Army’s need for food still critical

ELYRIA — Despite a surge in donations after a publicized food shortage, the Salvation Army is still short on food and is only about a week from a supply crisis, spokeswoman Hollie Rice said.

“People have been so generous,” Rice said. “But we don’t have nearly enough to last until November.”

Rice said the Salvation Army is in a perpetual state of being roughly a week from running out of food but so far has managed to stay ahead.

The organization currently feeds about 125 families per month, but requests are piling up, and Rice expects the number of families in need to grow during the winter months.

“There is no reason to think the demand is going to decrease,” Rice said. “We are going into the winter months, and families on low or fixed income have to worry about paying heating expenses. We are seeing so many new people on a fixed income.”

Rice is hoping the community will help the Salvation Army stay afloat until the holiday food drive begins in November.

“There are a lot of people only a paycheck away from poverty,” Rice said. “These aren’t strangers. They are our neighbors and relatives. Give whatever you can. Throw a couple extra cans of soup in the shopping cart.”

Rice said she believes it will be a long, hard winter for low- and fixed-income families, but has faith in the com-munity to help out.

“I’m proud to be a part of this community,” Rice said. “People are showing that they really do care.”

The Salvation Army is at 716 Broad St. in Elyria. For information, call (440) 323-2026.

Contact Ben Norris at 653-6285 or bnorris@chroniclet.com.