Northern Division: Serving every county in Minnesota and North Dakota
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It all starts with food

Added on Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Imagine, right now, that you are famished but have no way of getting any food. Even worse, you don’t even know the next time you’ll get any.

That’s the grim reality that some families – some children – in your community will face today.

Your local Salvation Army helps change that. Its food programs offer nutritious meals for families with nothing left in the cupboard. Some locations also offer hot meals; for many homeless people, it’s their only food for the day.

Food is the most fundamental service we offer, and for good reason: “Without food, life cannot happen,” said Major Lee Morrison, leader of The Salvation Army in St. Cloud, Minn., which distributes about 500,000 pounds of groceries a year and serves about 3,500 hot lunches per month. “By providing this core basic need, we can help people take the next step toward self-sufficiency, whether it’s housing, counseling, health issues or other barriers.”

Between hot meals, food shelves and seasonal food baskets, Salvation Army food programs are offered in all 140 counties of Minnesota and North Dakota.

All of these programs have one thing in common: “We wouldn’t exist without volunteers and donors,” said Captain Bill Mealy, leader of The Salvation Army in Fargo, N.D. “They help us serve meals and distribute groceries. They give us the money we need to keep these critical programs running strong. Their time, energy and generosity is appreciated beyond measure.”

If you’re a supporter of The Salvation Army, thank you. If you’d like to become one, you can learn more about volunteering or give right now.

If you are a person in need of food, stop by your local Salvation Army so we can help you.