Salvation Army campaigns to feed the hungry in Southern California

The Salvation Army’s Southern California Division has launched a campaign to keep its many Southland food pantries fully stocked. “Operation Feed Our Families” is a direct response to the ongoing food crisis gripping many Southland residents.
A full two-thirds of The Salvation Army’s food pantries are either empty or at 50 percent of capacity. Concurrently, 81 percent of these same locations have experienced a demonstrable increase in requests for food assistance.
Basic food prices for such items as rice, eggs, milk, and bread continue to rise at a rapid pace. These costs, combined with record fuel prices and escalating home mortgage defaults, have created a cost of living crisis in Southern California that not only affects the working poor but also many middle class families whose budgets are stretched to the breaking point by $4-a-gallon gasoline and surging utility rates.
“Operation Feed Our Families” will raise funds to maintain the various Salvation Army food pantries located across Southern California. A donation of $100, $50, or even $25 will help The Salvation Army keep its shelves stocked with canned and dry goods, as well as supplement the food requirements of thousands of its clients.
“Families are struggling to put food on their tables during this current economic downturn. We’re seeing many more families visiting our food pantries than in the past. These are families that don’t typically visit a Salvation Army facility for assistance. People are hurting and it’s getting more challenging for us to help them,” said Lt. Colonel Paul Bollwahn, divisional commander of The Salvation Army in Southern California. To donate to Operation Feed Our Families, visit www.operationfeedourfamilies.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

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