Food Shelf Asks For Summertime Help

June 19, 2018 10:45 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It’s a case of “supply” not keeping up with “demand” … and it’s prompted a call for YOUR help to bring them back in line.

"We've handed out over eight thousand pounds of food so far this month, and the month's not over,” said Joyce Theis at the Albert Lea Salvation Army food shelf.


It's a time of year many of us look forward to. But it's also a time of year that brings challenges.

“In the summertime, we get more families" Joyce Theis explained.

It's a challenge many food shelves faces... during the summer, kids often don't get the lunch or breakfast they might normally get at school, and that leaves more bare shelves.

"Donations kind of drop off a little bit in the summertime with people on vacations or them just struggling themselves with the kids being at home so they just don't have the money to maybe help with donations," the Salvation Army’s Joyce Theis told us.

At this time of year demand also goes up for the Albert Lea Salvation Army's community meal program.

"We'll see more kids come down here with their parents and then we also send a sack lunch with them so they have something to eat later on just in case it is a little bit of a struggle at home," Joyce Theis said.

“I mean it's a good program and I know a lot of kids, too, who, I mean they might only get one meal a day,” Neal Holt said. He occasionally makes use of the food shelf himself.

"It helps me tremendously. I don't know, what I would do. I mostly maybe every two months, three months, it depends."

"We see a higher demand and we see less food coming in,” Joyce Theis said. But you can help fill in the gap.

"Donate food, donate money," Joyce Theis said.

"Whatever they can” Neal Holt added. “You know, every little bit helps."


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