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COVID-19 wage and job loss increases food pantry demand

By Staff | Mar 26, 2020

FORT MYERS – The Salvation Army is in urgent need of canned food items to meet demand at its Fort Myers food pantry. Food pantry needs have more than doubled over the past two weeks, and The Salvation Army has extended hours to help meet demand. Nonperishables including canned meat, sauces, dried beans, rice, peanut butter and baby food can be dropped off at any Salvation Army location in Southwest Florida.

Unprecedented wage and job loss, school closures, and lack of resources have left The Salvation Army’s food pantry shelves in Fort Myers nearly empty. “We are experiencing a lack of resources and supply chains just like everyone else,” said Major Carlyle Gargis, Area Commander of The Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry, and Glades counties. “We have faith that God will continue to provide through our community partners and volunteers during this difficult time; helping us to meet the growing needs of our local community.”

The Salvation Army normally provides up to 75 families with approximately one week’s supply of food during pantry day once a week. Seeing a 30-percent increase in food assistance requests due to the pandemic, hours have now increased to three days a week.

Extended Hours Schedule

Tuesday: 4-7 p.m.

Wednesday: 1-4 p.m.

Mobile pantry. Location: TBD

Thursday: noon-3 p.m.

Those willing to help can donate items to any Salvation Army in Southwest Florida and for monetary donations visit www.SalvationArmyLeeCounty.org.