The Salvation Army issued the following information this week regarding it's need for the public's help:
SUISUN CITY, Calif. - With recent reports of longer periods of unemployment after job losses and the unemployment rate still high, The Salvation Army serving Solano County is seeing heavy demand for food relief. More and more, neighbors are telling The Salvation Army they’ve finally reached the end of their savings. These people desperately need help.
"We don’t feed statistics, we feed people," said Captain Jonathan Harvey, Solano County Coordinator, explaining his assessment of increased need. "In this community, we are seeing a whole new population coming to us for food. Our regulars are now being joined by the formerly middle-class, a group that's just begun to embrace a nightmare they probably thought they'd never see; no money for food. With foreclosures, gasoline and utility costs rising, not to mention the effects of recession, times are hard for many in our community."
Unfortunately, this phenomenon coincides with a seasonal low in Salvation Army food pantry supplies. "We've used up our holiday donations feeding people through the holidays and beyond," Captain Harvey said. "We need a new influx of support."
The Salvation Army is asking for donations of non-perishable food items. There are certain “staples” provided in every box, including:
Soup Stew Jelly Pancake Mix
Baby food Cereal Boxed Dinners Spaghetti noodles
Canned fruit Rice Spaghetti sauce Canned Meat
Beans Mac & Cheese Peanut butter Canned Veggies
Individuals who would like to donate food for the food pantry can drop it off at Solano County’s Service Offices located in Fairfield and Vacaville at: 630 Orange Drive, Suite M in Vacaville >> map >> or 1216 Missouri Street in Fairfield. >> map >>
Monetary donations are always needed and can be sent to:
The Salvation Army of Fairfield The Salvation Army of Vacaville: Or, visit: www.GoSalArmy.org
P.O. Box 3157 P.O. Box 5664 to make a secure donation
Fairfield, CA 94533 Vacaville, CA 95688
For more information, please contact:
Captain Jonathan Harvey-Solano County Coordinator
(707) 439-7881 Office Jonathan.Harvey@usw.salvationarmy.org