Julie Anderson, family service worker at the Salvation Army in Medina, says that the organization is “revamping” the shelf space in their food pantry in preparation for Holiday Donations.
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MEDINA — The Medina Salvation Army is in need of food to fill barren shelves in its food pantry.
“The rising cost of things is really why we are asking for additional donations,” said Julie Anderson, family service worker at the Salvation Army. “Last year, with the collaboration of the community and donations and also various funds through the Salvation Army, we provided food boxes for over 300 families in need. And that was just for Christmas Day dinner.”
Anderson said the agency would like to do the same this year. Donations from the community this holiday season will help to fill the Christmas dinner boxes.
Anderson said the organization is looking for boxed or bagged instant mashed potatoes, boxed chicken stuffing, canned or envelope gravy, canned fruit and vegetables, sweet potatoes or yams, pancake mix and syrup. The organization would also like to include pies or desserts in the dinner boxes, but are still trying to find a donor for these.
The agency is known for feeding families in Medina County.
Once a month, a family can receive a week’s worth of groceries from the pantry. A hot meal program, Medina United Neighbors Challenging Hunger, provides food weekly to about 2,000 Medina residents a month and more than 24,000 annually.
The holiday meal box is about ensuring families have what they need to enjoy the festivities that often coincide with school closures, which also tax families facing food insecurity.
Food insecurity refers to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s measure of lack of regular access to nutritional food for an active and healthy life. According to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, the food insecurity rate in Medina County is 9.6 percent of the total population or 16,890 based on census data, and the child food insecurity rate is 15.9 percent.
Donations for Christmas dinner boxes should be dropped off by Dec. 7.
This will ensure organizer will have time to pack and organize supplies.
Donations can be dropped off at the Salvation Army Office in Medina at 425 W. Liberty St.
In addition to putting together boxes of food for Christmas, the Salvation Army will have two holiday events at their Medina Location.
They will be having a Thanksgiving celebration and meal on Nov. 14 and a Christmas celebration and meal on Dec. 5. Doors for these events will open at 2 p.m. and the meal will be served from 4-6 p.m.
For more information on the Salvation Army, visit https://neo.salvationarmy.org/northeastohio/medina.