Salvation Army Makes Urgent Plea In "Food Shortage Crisis"

Salvation Army says recent reduction in SNAP benefits has doubled requests for food

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014  |  Updated 10:30 AM CDT
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Salvation Army Makes Urgent Plea In "Food Shortage Crisis"

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The Salvation Army has made an urgent plea for donations after increased demand left at least one Chicago-area chapter without supplies.

“We literally ran out of food,” Major Jon Miller said of the Salvation Army's St. Charles Corps. “We depleted our monthly food supply in the first two weeks of the month.”

It's not the only location struggling to keep up. Lt. Colonel Ralph Bukiewicz, the divisional commander of the Salvation Army Metropolitan Division, said similar situations have been reported at donation sites across the Chicago area.

Bukiewicz cited the government's recent decision to cut back on food stamps as a prime reason for what he calls a "food shortage crisis."

"The number of people needing help from The Salvation Army is doubling," he said.

The Chicago branch of the Salvation Army currently provides assistance to thousands in the area.

"Please give whatever you can to help feed our neighbors in greatest need," Bukiewicz said. "Every penny you share will be stretched to do the most good for the most people."

Donations made through Jan. 31 will be matched. To donate, click here.

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