Salvation Army says food pantry is dangerously low

Salvation Army says food pantry is dangerously low

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"With people being laid off, not having employment and getting hours cut, it has a substantial role in the requests that we have been getting," said Erica Haigler, who oversees the food pantry. "With people being laid off, not having employment and getting hours cut, it has a substantial role in the requests that we have been getting," said Erica Haigler, who oversees the food pantry.
"We're down to almost nothing," said Community Relations Director Rob Link. "In fact, we've actually had to go out and spend $5,000 for food that we had to take from a different program that wasn't allocated for our food pantry." "We're down to almost nothing," said Community Relations Director Rob Link. "In fact, we've actually had to go out and spend $5,000 for food that we had to take from a different program that wasn't allocated for our food pantry."

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter 

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knoxville Salvation Army's food pantry serves bags of food to roughly 120 families a month, food that will usually last 5 to 7 days. It says that demand has been increasing in recent weeks. 

"With people being laid off, not having employment and getting hours cut, it has a substantial role in the requests that we have been getting," said Erica Haigler, who oversees the food pantry. "People are just having a difficult time. You know, they don't have food to get through the day."

The Salvation Army says donations are usually down this time of year, but never this low. 

"We're down to almost nothing," said Community Relations Director Rob Link. "In fact, we've actually had to go out and spend $5,000 for food that we had to take from a different program that wasn't allocated for our food pantry." 

The food pantry is now asking anyone with a little extra cash to donate what they can. 

"We're kind of hoping to get about $25,000 over the next month or so and that should last us six to nine months," said Link. 

If they don't reach that goal, they fear they may have to do the worst. 

Link says, "Worst case scenario is that we turn clients away and it's something we hope we never have to do." 

"That's something I never want to have to imagine happening," added Haigler. 

The Salvation Army says the best way to donate is with cash.

If you would like more information about where you can make a donation, just head to the Salvation Army's website.

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