Salvation Army Extends Food Pantry Availability; Updates Fundraising Campaign

The Salvation Army has announced they will be reducing the amount of time a family needs to wait for supplies from their food pantry.

Beginning with their next food pantry day, a family can visit once a month instead of once every three months for households younger than 60 years old. Households 60 years or older had already been able to visit the food pantry once a month.

The Salvation Army attributes the change to the government shutdown and the “uncertainty of the SNAP program.”

The Army is also helping federal employees who need food assistance during the government shutdown.

For federal employees, the Emergency Social Service office hours will be:

  • Monday: 9:30 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 9:30 a.m.-noon
  • Regular Food Pantry Hours: Wednesday: 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 1-3 p.m.
  • Friday: 9:30 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.

Any federal employee who needs more information can call 417-862-5509 ext. 108.

An update was also provided today on the Red Kettle Campaign which runs through January 31. Currently, the local chapter stands at $725,730 of their $1 million goal. All donations before January 31 will go towards the goal.