FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director of Development
2211 Park Ave, Lynchburg, VA
Lynchburg, VA (March 20, 2017) –The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg is experiencing substantial supply shortages in breakfast items. Last year, the Community Feeding Program provided more than 39,000 meals to individuals in need. This is a 40 percent increase in individuals served over the previous year. Since the beginning of 2017, the amount of individuals needing assistance has continued to grow. “We are seeing more senior citizens and veterans,” stated Food Services Director Carol Kirby. “Many of our elderly citizens run out of social security benefits by month end and rely on this program to eat.”
Breakfast supplies with longer shelf life such as cereal, instant oatmeal, sugar, coffee and creamer are at critically low levels falling 70 to 80 percent behind where supplies should be at this point in the year. There is also a need for hot breakfast items such as eggs, bacon, and sausage, as well as milk and juice. With spring and summer breaks for local school children right around the corner, there is an increased sense of urgency to replace these items quickly due to an anticipated increase in the number of individuals needing help.
The Community Feeding Program is one of many services provided by The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope. Donations of food items from the community help lower overall expenses, which allow the feeding program to provide two meals a day, seven days a week for 365 days a year. The Center of Hope serves residents of Lynchburg, Bedford, Appomattox, Amherst, Nelson and Campbell counties. Donations can be dropped off at the Center of Hope at 2211 Park Avenue in Lynchburg daily.
To learn more about the work of the Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg and opportunities to financially support or volunteer in one of its community programs, please visit http://virginiasalvationarmy.org/lynchburgva/ or contact us at 434-845-5939.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.