Salvation Army Food Pantry brings relief to those in need during the holidays

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - With the winter weather and holiday seasons upon us, local food pantries need people's help to keep food on their shelves for people in need.

One family of three has been going to the Salvation Army in Grand Island for a few months while money has been tight.

"I feel like we don't get judged when we come here," said Caleb Farris, a Grand Island resident. "Because I mean it is hard. It's tough right now. I'm waiting on an interview right now for a job. She has a job, but it's tough."

Volunteers will walk down each aisle with customers, helping them select food items based on the size of their family.

The Farris's said they typically take things like bread and cereal, and other items, such as hamburger, helper that they can easily throw together for a meal.

"I think coming here to get our food and our groceries, it makes it a lot easier to get ready for the holidays, especially when we don't have that much money to spend on actual groceries for Thanksgiving or Christmas," said Alyssa Farris.

The Salvation Army just received some large donations from various groups, including a Boy Scout troop and the Stuhr Museum.

Although the shelves are stocked right now, the food pantry coordinator said supplies go just as quickly as they come in. This rings true especially during the holidays.

"We don't have really any money to spend on it," said Sue Meier, food pantry coordinator at the GI Salvation Army. "We operate mostly on donations, and we do get a lot of support from the community. So that's something to be thankful for, but it's something that we need to keep on top of all the time."

Meier said the food pantry is currently in need of more canned fruits and meats, as well as peanut butter and packaged foods.

The Food Pantry is open from 1-4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday.

They are also encouraging people to donate to their Red Kettle campaign, which also helps run the pantry.