CAMBRIDGE — The shelves of the food pantry at The Salvation Army in Cambridge are looking a little bare these days. As fall approaches and children head back to school the need for nutritious food is growing.
Lieutenant Aaron Abram, the new corps officer said; “We certainly want to see to it that the children in our area have access to a nutritious meal. It is no secret that overall school performance increases when children are well fed, especially with breakfast before school. Of course we know that our adults need to eat well too. The fact that a family may have to decide between eating and something else when money is tight breaks our hearts because we can do something, even if only a small thing, to help when those decisions come.”
Recently Lieutenant Abram and his wife Rebekah found that much of the food in the pantry had passed its expiration date and so they went through and cleaned it out. Lieutenant Rebekah Abram said, “We do not want to take the risk of someone getting sick from food that we have given them. The fact is, much of what was here had simply been here too long or had come in already past the expiration date. We feel that to be good stewards of the trust given to us by our community we had to do better.”
Now The Salvation Army is left with enough food to get through the next two weeks or so. They are appealing to the generosity of the public to help fill the shelves with canned foods of all types to help fill out the food bags given to those in need. Food may be brought to the office at 200 Washington St., Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.
“Every single can, every single box of pasta, every single item helps. We want to be there for our neighbors in need and to do that we are calling on the assistance of our neighbors who may have a little extra to give,” said Lieutenant Aaron. “We have found already in our short time here that this community is one that cares about each other. We have no doubt that together we can continue to bring hope to the Mid-Shore one life at a time.”
For more information on how you can help The Salvation Army combat food insecurity across the Mid-Shore please call 410-228-2442 and speak with a staff member.
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. The Salvation Army supports in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.