Updated 10/09/2012 08:26 PM
Salvation Army in jeopardy of running out of food
The Greater Glens Falls Salvation Army is one of the North Country's largest food pantries, but it's in jeopardy of running out of food before Thanksgiving. YNN's Brooke Selby has more on why they need your help.
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GLENS FALLS, N.Y. -- Before you can hear the bells synonymous with the red kettle this holiday season, there's a chance the Glens Falls food pantry will run out of food.
"Well, this year, we learned that we were cut from $13,400 to $2,200 which is an 84 percent cut," said Major David A. Dean, Commanding Officer of the Glens Falls Salvation Army.
In addition to direct donations, the Salvation Army receives funding to feed families through the state Department of Health's Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program
"Really that's going to get us one to two months and the year has already started. Of course, as you know, New York's year starts July 1, so July, August, September and we're pretty much out of funds already and we still have nine months to go in our year,” Dean said.
The tables are set and ready to be served, but without donations, Dean says food will run out.
"We can designate that for specific food purchases, whether it be monthly, ongoing or holiday," Dean said.
The busiest periods at food pantries are between school starting through the winter holidays
Dean said, "However, this year, it’s a little different because when we hit January, before we could always allocate Christmas or Thanksgiving money to whatever we needed. Now, for the first time, we are going to have to allocate them to food.”
Other local pantries, like Family Services of Glens Falls, have seen an increase in need, but confirm they received enough funding to continue to serve this year. The Salvation Army is asking this community to step up and help.
If you want to find out how you can donate, visit www.use.salvationarmy.org.