The Food Pantry: Donations Change Lives

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Do you remember all the evenings spent at the dinner table with your family? Maybe your mom was yelling at you to finish your peas (gross), or maybe your sister was kicking you under the table. Maybe that’s where you found out your dad got a promotion, or maybe that’s where your older brother opened his first college acceptance letter. Maybe it’s where you laughed so hard at your dad’s cheesy jokes that milk came out of your nose. The bottom line: lasting memories are created at the dinner table. If there’s one thing that brings people together, it’s food. But, for some, food can be a sore subject with painful memories. Grocery money can be hard to come by. Some families in our community are forced to choose between paying bills and eating dinner.

That is where we, The Salvation Army of Durham, come in.

We are breaking ground on our latest project: a recipient choice pantry. This new model will allow recipients to walk through our pantry and actually select the food that they need. We want our recipients to feel empowered and independent when they come through our doors. Even in the midst of struggle, it is important to remember that there are people who believe in you.

Mako Medical of Raleigh recently made a very generous donation to our Food Pantry. They are a community driven and mission focused organization, so it’s no surprise that they are heavily invested in the lives of those around them. With the donation from Mako Medical, The Salvation Army of Durham was able to re-stock much of the Food Pantry. It couldn’t have come at a better time. God has continued to bless us through donors like Mako Medical, and we are so thankful for that!

The Salvation Army of Durham, Orange, and Person Counties’ Food Pantry cannot keep its door open and shelves stocked without the support of generous individuals, corporate and community partners, and volunteers. Our ultimate goal with the Food Pantry is to make sure that families’ needs are met and to provide a sense of stability. And, of course, we believe that everyone deserves to create memories around the dinner table!

With that being said, we need you! Few things are more rewarding than knowing you have impacted your neighbor’s life. No one deserves to go hungry. At the bottom of this page is a list of accepted items. Bring something by The Food Pantry of The Salvation Army, located 909 Liberty Street in Durham, NC.We are open for donations from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday.

Together, we can bring dinner to the table.

Acceptable food items include: rice, pasta, cereal, sauces, peanut butter, jelly, fruits, vegetables, canned meat, healthy treats, dietary or special items (no salt or sugar), etc.

Other acceptable items include: adult pet food, diapers, feminine products, hygiene products, etc.

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-Katherine Bellamy

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