Local Food Pantries Almost Empty

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – There is a desperate need for food donations at Salvation Army centers across the Kansas City metro area.

Major Butch Frost told FOX 4 News demand for food is up 62 percent from last year.  More families are out of work or struggling to make ends meet, so they are turning to local food pantries to feed their families, he said.

The problem is the Salvation Army right now only has enough food to give each needy family two to three meals.

Some of the food items highest in demand are canned vegetables, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, rice, diapers and cereal.  He said those who want to donate can bring the food to any of the nine local Salvation Army centers.  You can also donate money.

All funds collected go to buying food at a reduced price from Harvesters and several local grocery stores.

The nine Salvation Army centers in the metro are located in Kansas City, MO; Independence, MO; Olathe, KS; Kansas City, KS; and Grandview, MO.

To learn how you can donate, go to www.usc.salvationarmy.org/usc/www_usc_kan.nsf.

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