Windham – An organization that has always been there for those in need, find that they are in need of help themselves. Their shelves are almost bare. Sandi Fordyce, head of the food pantry at Windham’s Salvation Army said it is a combination of things; the rising cost of food, more folks underemployed, making a larger demand for food, fewer donations etc. Currently, the Salvation Army in Windham serves about 200 families a month. The Salvation Army generally obtains their food from the Akron Canton Food Bank but as of late, they have had slim pickings and the cost of the healthy food has made it nearly impossible to purchase enough to meet the demand.
The pantry needs our help. Here is what one can do to help, and it is simple. When you grocery shop buy an extra can or two and drop it off at the Renaissance Family Center at 9905 Wil-Verne Dr Windham, Oh 44288. RFC is open Mondays 8am 4 pm, Tuesday 10 am – 6pm, and Thursdays 12pm until 6pm and Fridays 10 – 4 pm. Please state it is for the Salvation Army Food Pantry. Civic groups, school groups etc could also host food drives to help replenish the shelves. One can also donate cash as well.
The Salvation Army has an account set up at Sparkle in Windham. Monetary donations can be dropped off at Sparkle; tell them it is for the Salvation Army Food Pantry. These monies will be used to buy fresh meat and produce. Top items they need are, noodles, canned soups, stuffing mix, any canned vegetables, baked beans, Jell-O, and pudding, pancake mix and syrup; just about any canned good is needed. Wholesome breakfast cereals, peanut butter, and canned meats are also needed. They will accept any nonperishable food that is not outdated.
So let’s help our neighborhood food pantry which is always there when one is in need, so it can continue to be there, when it is needed.