Distributing Food from The Salvation Army Food Pantry in Naples(November 18, 2014 – Naples, FL) The is the busiest time of the year for The Salvation Army, when the neediest of families and individuals flock to their doors for assistance and try to make ends meet. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, they need food donations immediately for Thanksgiving meals donated to their Toy Shop location.

“We serve and help the destitute during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Currently, our food pantry is near empty and we are concerned as we approach our busiest season when families arrive at our doors seeking food. In September and October, we have seen an overwhelming increase for food assistance the past months. We rely on the generosity of local residents to help us help those in need,” said Major Dan Proctor, Regional Coordinator for The Salvation Army in Collier County.

The Salvation Army is requesting Thanksgiving food donations to be dropped-off at its Toy Shop, located at 3360 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, FL 34104 Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Please consider donating the following for Thanksgiving meals:

• Canned vegetables
• Boxed instant stuffing
• Canned cranberries
• Boxed or packets of instant mashed potatoes
• Canned gravy or dry packets

In addition, with the overwhelming increase for food assistance the past two months, The Salvation Army is in need of the following non-perishable items to stock their Food Pantry. Please drop these items off at their Social Services office, located at 3050 Horseshoe Drive North, Building B, Suite #260, Naples, FL 34104 Monday – Friday 8:30am – 3:30pm.

• Canned food, canned meats such as salmon, chicken and tuna.
• Packaged rice and pasta
• Canned Beans or dry packaged beans
• Peanut Butter
• Crackers
• Cereal and oatmeal
• Baby formula and canned baby food
• Evaporated, dry or shelf stable milk
• Canned or boxed soup
• Canned fruits

The Salvation Army’s food pantry serves hundreds of clients in Collier County each month. Without the generous support of individuals, groups and schools in our community, the Army would not be able to meet the basic nutrition needs of these families.

“The kindness and support from our community, makes it possible for The Salvation Army Naples Regional Coordinate to turn stories of hunger into visions of hope. We are deeply grateful for every dollar or can of food donated, every gift-in-kind, and every volunteer hour provided to help us meet the needs of those most in need,” concludes Major Dan Proctor.

The Salvation Army has been serving Collier County since 1981, with offices in Naples and Immokalee. More than 47,000 residents are assisted annually. Learn about The Salvation Army in Collier County online at www.SalvationArmyNaples.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyNaples and find them on Twitter: www.twitter.com/SalArmyNaples.

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