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Hastings Salvation Army encourages food pantry donations
The holiday season is long behind us and right now we're running out of food at the Hastings Salvation Army pantry. It may not be the official giving season, but definitely giving is needed.
Abe Tamayo: Well, we say in the Salvation Army "need has no season." Our pantry is dangerously low. When people come to us they come to us in crisis. We have to have resources in place to meet those crises. We're just asking for meats and eggs and some non-perishable goods - cans of soup, macaroni and cheese, those types of things. People can just drop off or send us a check marked for that and we'll be happy to purchase those items.
Amy West: Remind us how many families come to you for these necessities.
Abe Tamayo: On a duplicate account, meaning if one family comes to us we count 5 people in that family. Well, last year it was over 12,000 families assisted in duplicate account. So, you consider the population of the Hastings area, we're helping a lot of children and a lot of families in need. And we provide some $35,000 in nights of homelessness prevention by helping with rents and utilities and keeping people in their homes. But even in their homes they need to eat. It just needs to be restocked.
Amy: And you mentioned a few items. Anything else you're looking for?
Abe: Well, we're mainly looking for, like, packaged hotdogs. We have to use USDA approved food before we can distribute them out - especially meats. So, like packaged hotdogs are always a nice staple to share or prepacked food that has the USDA stamp on it as far as meats are concerned. Certainly eggs that are pasteurized and/or macaroni and cheese, soups, spaghetti sauce.
Amy: Those things that you usually have in your food pantry. And we do want to mention you are going overseas for a little bit. Can you tell us about this trip?
Abe: We are, my wife and I are leaving Monday flying to Instanbul, Turkey to take a biblical education tour of Turkey. So we'll visit the cities in the bible - Antioch and those types of places - to learn a little bit more about the Scripture and to have a nice time with friends.
Amy: Alright, well, we'll miss you. Stay safe out there. Thank you, Abe.
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