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ANNANDALE, VA – The Salvation Army’s One Day Food Drive held on July 30 came up short of what is needed to restock multiple pantries across the region. The event took place in front of The Salvation Army Family Store located along Little River Turnpike in Alexandria (VA.) National Capital Area food pantry shelves at many of the Command’s corps are running low and summer is a difficult time of year for donations.

The Salvation Army collected several hundred pounds of non-perishable food and other needed household items; however, this is far short of the one ton target that’s needed for distribution at eight of The Salvation Army’s food pantries across the area including Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland.

“Typically, donations to our food pantries diminish in summer. Yet, the need remains constant for so many families who turn to The Salvation Army for help,” said Major Steve Morris, National Capital Area Commander.  “The extra cost of spiked electricity bills and additional childcare needs during the summer months really adds up quickly for families living paycheck to paycheck. These extra costs often mean having little money left over to put food on the table.  So, it’s our hope that the community will rally around this opportunity and donate one ton of food so we can help feed these struggling families.” 

Donations are being accepted at area Salvation Army Corps (offices.) Below is the preferred list of good still urgently needed:

  • Canned Meats, Beans, Vegetables
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Canned Soups (Pop top can) 
  • Dry Pasta
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Rice
  • Dry Cereals
  • Diapers
  • Baby Food
  • Hygiene Products
  • Laundry Soap

 The Salvation Army works with families all year to help with many types of assistance and, as is the case in many instances, this includes meeting a family’s nutritional needs. Though the Army may be assisting a family with eviction prevention, through our case management process we often find the family is without groceries as well.

How to Help – Options

Anyone wishing to make a bulk donation should contact Liz O’Dell, Donation Drive and Volunteer Coordinator for the National Capital Area Command, at 202-756-3906.

About The Salvation Army & the National Capital Area Command

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command assisted more than 62,000 individuals last year from families living across the Greater Washington region by providing help and hope through a diverse range of social services. We offer emergency eviction and utility cut-off prevention assistance, grocery, clothing and furniture vouchers, meals for the hungry and homeless, support for the disabled, elderly and ill, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, disaster relief, transitional housing for single mothers with children and character building opportunities for youth. To receive help or make a donation, please visit SalArmyDC.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.  Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WordPress or Picasa using keyword SalArmyDC.

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