THE SALVATION ARMY FEEDS 10,000 PEOPLE THROUGH MOBILE FOOD PANTRY
“Fighting Food Insecurity in High Point”
HIGH POINT, NC (March 14, 2016) – The Salvation Army of High Point had a vision to serve a record number of people in the High Point community. This vision allowed for the creation of the Mobile Food Pantry program, in which a total of 12,962 bags of groceries have been delivered to High Point residents through this outreach alone.
The Salvation Army of High Point officially started the Mobile Food Pantry program in November of 2014 after receiving a grant to provide hunger relief to 10 local neighborhoods in areas of High Point with limited access to healthy and affordable food options. These areas, also known as “food deserts,” were the initial focus of the Mobile Food Pantry, as access to transportation was a major issue preventing residents from reaching nearby grocery stores and food pantries.
“We developed The Salvation Army Mobile Food Pantry in support of the Greater High Point Food Alliance. We wanted to do something to address the immediate hunger issues so that families had food to eat while the Food Alliance developed long term solutions to our hunger crisis so that together we can eliminate hunger in our community,” said Captain Bobby Jackson, Commanding officer as The Salvation Army of High Point.
Since the Mobile Food Pantry’s first grocery delivery in November 2014, The Salvation Army of High Point has provided groceries to more than 10,000 individuals. Each bag of groceries contains a mix of 10-12 perishable and non-perishable food items that are essential to creating nutritious meals.
Reflecting on the incredible impact The Salvation Army Mobile Food Pantry has had on the High Point community over the last year, Antoine Dalton, Director of Social Services explains, “We are committed to reaching out and helping families in need. As we continue this service, our goal is to serve 300-400 families each year with a variety of food options required for well-balanced meals, that they would not otherwise have access to.”
The Salvation Army Mobile Food Pantry plans to expand the service areas covered this year in order to provide more food assistance to individuals that will be affected by the Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) policy.
“We want to be proactive in addressing the projected food crisis in our area and we need your help. By continuing to donate to our Mobile Food Pantry, together we can continue fighting food insecurity in our community.”
For more information on how you can support The Salvation Army Mobile Food Pantry please call 336-881-5400. Donations of all varieties are accepted at our office on 301 West Green Drive, High Point.
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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.