Food pantry shelves are filling but more is needed

Nov. 23, 2013 @ 06:27 PM

HIGH POINT — On Monday morning, the shelves at the Salvation Army on West Green Drive were nearly bare. Major Jim Rickard, corps officer of Salvation Army of Greater High Point, called the High Point Enterprise and asked if we could get the word out that they were in need.

“We’ll see about 100 people each week.” Rickard said. “We’ve only got about enough food to last til (Tuesday).”

After a story published in Tuesday’s paper and was posted Monday on hpe.com and the paper’s Facebook page and Twitter account, the donations started coming.

“It’s like I always say about High Point, people here are so generous,” Rickard said. “People respond when they know there’s a need. We’re grateful for all the help.”

Residents dropped off grocery bags and boxes of food. Davis Furniture in High Point showed up with a flatbed truck packed with food that the company’s staff collected.

Rickard said that other area food banks are experiencing the same scarcity.

“WIC (Women, Infants, and Children Food and Nutrition Service) and food stamps, are going down and people are getting desperate,” he said.

While the amount of food available at the Salvation Army has increased greatly this week, there were still many empty shelves in their food pantry Friday.

Non-perishables like canned fruit and vegetables, peanut butter and soups will be accepted at any food pantry in High Point.

The Salvation Army at 301 W. Green Drive is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will accept donations at anytime.

mward@hpe.com  | 888-3543