Local Salvation Armies are pivoting this Thanksgiving as more families seek food aid

(WNDU) – With the holidays fast approaching, local Salvation Armies have been preparing to meet a growing need.

According to the Elkhart Salvation Army, the number of people seeking food aid has tripled this year.

“Traditionally, we provide a meal on Thanksgiving for anyone who comes. By pivoting, we are able to provide more meals to more people who are gone longer,” said Joshua Hubbard, Lt. and Corps Officer of the Salvation Army, Elkhart Corps.

Hubbard told 16 News Now that this year they will be partnering with Faith Mission to provide a meal on Thanksgiving Day, and have also planned an increase in food distribution, providing even more food to people throughout the month of November.

“People are really excited to have this access to food, because it gives them a little more freedom to cook their own Thanksgiving meal and provide that food for their family on Thanksgiving and beyond,” Hubbard said.

Other Salvation Armies have also shared plans to make changes this year.

The Salvation Army, Benton Harbor Corps., shared with 16 News Now that instead of helping out with Thanksgiving food boxes, they will partner with community agencies to provide a “pre-Thanksgiving meal” and will focus on providing Christmas food boxes.

The Salvation Army in Warsaw also joined.

They plan to help with the Thanksgiving dinner that will be served at Elks Lodge in Warsaw and partner with St. Annes Church to provide baskets of Thanksgiving food and merchandise.

“And then we also tried to strengthen our pantry. So hopefully in all of these different entities together we can meet the need that is there,” said Ken Locke, The Salvation Army envoy and administrator for Kosciusko and Whitley counties.

The Salvation Army hopes these changes will not only help during the holidays, but also allow them to provide food aid to those in need for the rest of the year.

“We wanted to make an impact on Thanksgiving Day, but also throughout the holiday season, and we felt like these opportunities allowed us to do that in our community,” Hubbard said.

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