JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Salvation Army of Jackson said it’s experiencing a critical shortage at its food pantry due to demand increases caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The organization currently has enough food to meet demand through Tuesday, April 7, 2020, but no longer.
Each year the organization feeds nearly 3,000 families, but that number is expected to increase this year.
Director of Community Relations Michelle Hartfield explained, “The kids are all home, people are losing their jobs… people are low-income families that we generally support, [and] are the same families that couldn’t afford to go and stock up before this happened.”
At this time, the Salvation Army is on several waiting lists to receive food donations, but grocery store shelves are also empty.
If you would like to donate food, the Salvation Army is requesting the following canned and shelf stable goods:
- Pasta and sauce
- Peanut butter
- Macaroni and cheese
- Bottled water
To schedule a drop off of canned goods or monetary donations, call 601-982-4881.
You can also send items by mail to:
P.O. Box 31954
Jackson, MS 39286
Monetary donations will also be accepted at www.salvationarmyjackson.org.