St. Cloud, Minn.– “More than 120 families requested emergency food assistance due to the power outage and it is expected that the number will increase during the week.” Major Lee Morrison said.
“Not only are we receiving more requests for food, but we also lost all of the food in our own walk-in cooler because of the outage.” Morrison said. “This is the food that would normally be given out to families or used as part of the daily meals provided by the Army. We WILL purchase what is needed to meet the present needs but it does put us behind”, he said. “Fortunately none of the food in the walk-in freezer was lost”.
Even before the “outage”, the needs from the Corps for the basic essentials have been increasing. In the first five months of 2013 The Salvation Army in St. Cloud experienced a 25 percent increase in food requests and meals served and a 36 percent increase in the number of people needing shelter.
The St. Cloud Salvation Army served over 50,000 meals in the last 12 months and distributed over 240 tons of food from their food pantry. They also have an 64-bed emergency shelter with an occupancy rate in the high 90’s, 12-20 percent of which were occupied by children.
Please contact Major Lee, Jim or the the Salvation Army directly at 252-4552 for ways you can help. You can also donate online at www.SalvationArmyNorth/StCloud.org