Johnson City, TN - March 1, 2009

Faced with increasing demand for emergency food assistance, The Salvation Army is asking the community for help and is partnering with the Feinstein Foundation to match donations and fight hunger in East Tennessee

Nothing has been more central to the work of The Salvation Army than providing the basic necessities of life to people in need and one of the most essential needs is food.  Whether it's providing a hot meal for people off the streets or bags of groceries for people to take home to their families, The Salvation Army makes sure that anyone who needs food in our community gets food. But their food pantry supplies are extremely low and they need your help.

The Salvation Army distributes food to hungry families as part of their emergency assistance program that also helps with clothing, rent and electric bills. But food supplies at The Salvation Army have failed to keep up with increasing demand from downsized workers, single-parent households and elderly and disabled individuals on fixed incomes.  Much of the need comes from working families who have a never-ending battle to stretch paychecks for food, medicine, clothing, shelter and gas.

Between now and the 30th of April, all donations received by The Salvation Army to help fight hunger will be matched in part by the Feinstein Foundation, a non-profit organization formed to assist agencies who provide food to struggling families and individuals.  Donations that qualify for matching funds include cash, checks, and food items (valued at $1 per item or pound).  Donating now multiplies the impact of your gift.  

The most needed non-perishable items include:

  • Ready-to-eat meals in a can (stew, chili, soup) with pop-top lids if possible
  • Tuna/canned meats with pop-top lids if possible
  • Easy to prepare boxed foods (macaroni and cheese)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned fruit and vegetables with pop-top lids if possible
  • Cereals
  • Fruit juices in single serving boxes
  • Snacks (crackers, snack cakes, cookies, popcorn)
  • Disposable diapers
  • Personal toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, shave cream, etc.)

Food donations may be dropped off at the Salvation Army Center of Hope Food Pantry located at 200 Ashe St. in Johnson City or at any of its thrift store locations:   175 Hudson St. (Elizabethton), 1307 E. Main St., (Johnson City), 423 W. Walnut St., (Johnson City) and at its newest location, 3101 W. Market St., adjacent to the new WalMart  (Johnson City). 

Monetary gifts may be mailed to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1715, Johnson City, TN  37605.



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