SUISUN CITY — If each person, each local group, whether it’s a classroom or a walking club, gives a small bag of nonperishable food, it could make a big difference in meeting the needs of less fortunate Solano County residents, according to the Salvation Army.
“We are seeing a continued growth of need even with the economy getting better,” said Salvation Army Capt. Jonathan Harvey. “But if everyone does something small, it can become something great.”
The Salvation Army is now gearing up to not only feed the county’s needy, but is also hoping to collect enough foodstuffs to meet ongoing needs in the months after the holidays when contributions have traditionally dropped off.
“While we do our work during the holidays,” Harvey said, noting the Salvation Army’s annual Thanksgiving and Christmas food basket giveaways, “the need is year-round.”
Harvey said they only signed up enough people for the food baskets that they can be assured of having enough food and toys for. But, Harvey said, if the community is willing to step up with more donations, he would be glad to open up that list to include more needy families.
About 4,000 people a month show up at Salvation Army facilities for assistance, Harvey said.
Helping out could be as simple as buying a few extra items at the market, putting them into a paper shopping bag and dropping them by any of the Salvation Army facilities in Suisun City, Fairfield, Vacaville or Vallejo.
“An individual, a study group, a swim class, a Scout troop, a coffee group, a school class can fill a bag,” Harvey said. He said it does not have to be left to larger community groups to address the need. “We also have barrels that we can deliver to local businesses,” he said.
One woman who uses the Kroc Center in Suisun City recently took 10 paper shopping bags back to her cul-de-sac. She taped a note to each bag – a request to donate some food – and left them at her neighbors’ front doors.
“We are trying to make it as easy as possible to be engaged and to be a part of the army of hope,” Harvey said.
Salvation Army facilities are located at 1200 Missouri St. in Fairfield, 586 E. Wigeon Way in Suisun City, 630 Orange Drive in Vacaville and 630 Tuolumne St. in Vallejo.
For more information and how to contact the Salvation Army, go to its new website at www.solanoarmyofhope.org.
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