Boxes for Food and Hope

May 1, 2020 | by Doug Donahoo

It takes an entire community to make a difference, and that’s exactly what happened with The Salvation Army in Wichita Metro and Sedgwick County on April 29. A massive food box distribution helped provide critically needed pantry supplies to hundreds of families in the area.

The special distribution supported any individual or family who has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The boxes were provided while maintaining social distancing, people didn’t even need to get out of their cars to receive assistance. Volunteers deposited the boxes in trunks and backseats and the car could drive off.

More than 600 boxes of food were given out over the course of the morning’s event, each tipping the scales at more than 50 pounds, providing food to more than 3,000 people. That’s 3,000 people who won’t have to worry about their next meal, thanks to support from donors to The Salvation Army.

“We know families are in need of food during this challenging time,” said Jill Skaggs, Director of Emergency and Disaster Social Services. “We are happy to do our part to help our community.”

Planning the event required the combined efforts of The Salvation Army and multiple other community agencies and groups. The food was provided by the Kansas Food Bank. Staff from The Salvation Army’s Camp Hiawatha took on packing the boxes with frozen meats, produce, and non-perishable goods before the event.

During the distribution volunteers from the now-canceled Wichita Riverfest helped load the boxes into cars. The Wichita Police volunteered their services to direct traffic on North Market.

City Commander Major James Curl said, “We’ve been serving in Wichita for over 130 years and we will continue to do what can. When there is a need, The Salvation Army will be there.”

Your donations will make sure The Salvation Army will be there to provide food and hope in Wichita and throughout the Kansas and Western Missouri Division. Donate today by clicking here.

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