Officials  at the Salvation Army of Ardmore said Monday the organization is in need of food items to fill grocery bags and help feed needy families and in its soup kitchen.




Officials  at the Salvation Army of Ardmore said Monday the organization is in need of food items to fill grocery bags and help feed needy families and in its soup kitchen.


“We have seen the cost of food soar over the past several months, while donations of food items have completely stopped,” said Capt. Ernest Hull, commanding officer.


The non-profit organization is spending almost $6,000 per month for food to meet the ever-growing need, according to Hull.


This is an increase of more than $2,500 a month.


“We have seen the need in the community increase significantly over the past several months,” he said.


“More people are coming in for emergency grocery bags and eating in our soup kitchen than ever before.”

Hull said donations of food have been non-existent. The agency has to purchase food to fill the shelves of its pantry.


“We are committed to filing the needs of our clients,” he said.


“We have resorted to purchasing food items to assure our pantry stays stocked at all times.”


The increase in cost for providing food has resulted in the inability to help clients with other essential services such as rent and utility assistance. Individuals who would like to help are encouraged to bring donations of canned goods and dry goods to The Salvation Army at 123 A St. SW, or to  The Salvation Army thrift store located on the corner of Washington Street and 12th Avenue.