November 13, 2012

OUR VIEW: Agency needs help feeding hungry

— The Salvation Army provided food to more than 700 families last month, and officials say the shelves at the food pantry are looking sparse.

The organization’s struggle to keep food on the shelves began last summer, representatives say. Many folks saw their budgets stretched beyond the breaking point by the abnormally hot temperatures.

In recent days, the Salvation Army has found itself particularly short of protein, forcing it to hand out mostly fruits and vegetables.

Hunger is a growing problem in Logansport.

More than half of the students in Logansport schools now qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, and Salvation Army representatives say they’re seeing a growing number of first time visitors to the food pantry. People who have never before been forced to ask for help now find themselves in that position.

The Salvation Army says the challenging economy has not only swelled the number of families struggling to keep food on the table, it has also shrunk the number of families and individuals with the resources to help.

That puts even more pressure on those who can afford to help to step up in this time of need.

There is no reason for that to happen in Logansport and Cass County. Youngsters in Logansport and Cass County should never go to bed hungry.

This is a generous community that never fails to respond to the need.

If you have a few extra cans or boxes of food on your shelves, please take them to the Salvation Army at 615 Heath St. If you can donate money instead, that’s even better.

Using your donations, the Salvation Army will be able to buy food at a huge discount through Food Finders. The Lafayette-based food bank says it can provide enough food for three meals with a contribution of only $1.

More than a third of Feeding America clients report having to choose between food and basic necessities such as rent, clothing and medical care. So what are you waiting for? If you have the resources to help, please make your contribution today.

Want to help?

Drop off donations of food or money at the Salvation Army, 615 Heath St., or call 574-722-1979.