BURLINGTON - The Salvation Army of Alamance County's shelves are close to bare, as the organization attributes a sharp spike in demand to continued food stamp delays, WIC suspension and the closing of Loaves and Fishes.
The Salvation Army of Alamance County said it has served 452 emergency food boxes in September, compared to only 35 in the month of August. Captain Jimmy Taylor explained the organization has had to decrease the amount food it can give in each emergency box. He said since the agency initially reached out for help late last week, it has received a slight increase in donations. But, Taylor said all of what currently is on the shelves will be gone within a day.
Food pantries in other Triad counties are experiencing similar situations, in which their demand is far greater than their available supply.
The call for donations and assistance comes as the North Carolina attorney general announces a plan to help combat statewide hunger. On Monday, Gov. McCrory announced he will release $750,000 from state funds for the seven regional food banks. Then, attorney general Roy Cooper announced those food banks will receive $2 million in new grants to fight hunger.
The grants will be distributed to food banks statewide through the Food Bank of Eastern and Central North Carolina. Funds come from food and pharmaceutical consumer settlements achieved by Cooper's office. Two other food bank grants came in 2011 and 2004, but they were worth less than this grant.
Cooper's public information officer told WFMY News 2 the grant money will be distributed to the seven major food banks, which then can distribute resources to food pantries and sub programs like Meals on Wheels.
Cooper's office said this grant money comes at a time in which North Carolina families are most in need. In a written statement, he wrote, "We're investing in our food banks to help struggling families and encourage others to get involved by donating or volunteering in their local communities."
People who wish to donate to the Salvation Army of Alamance County can contribute financial and in-kind donations. Unexpired food items can be dropped off at 812 N Anthony St. in Burlington from Monday though Friday 9 a.m to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Salvation Army of Alamance County said it is in greatest need of canned meat items.
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