Salvation Army dealing with demand and decline
A survey of food programs run by the Salvation Army nationwide finds more need and less to pay for it.
A survey of 30 food programs found giving down or flat, and caseworkers often unable to keep up with need. In the Richmond area:
Baldwin: We've seen a steady increase over the last two and a half, almost three, years, in the demand for our services, and that includes food pantry as well as mortgage and utility bill assistance.
The Salvation Army’s Jeff Baldwin.
Baldwin: Even before the recession, our food pantry's always been something that's been a struggle to keep canned goods and non-perishable goods on the shelves for those in need, so obviously, when you take in account that we've seen an increase in demand, we've definitely struggled.
He said the Richmond command’s shelters are always at capacity.
Baldwin: The easiest way to find out more about what the Salvation Army does is you can call us at 225-7470, or you can visit us online at RichmondSalvationArmy.org.
Across America, the Salvation Army served more than 30 million people last year, while donations dropped about 8 percent.
John Ogle, WCVE News