Food drive critical for Salvation ArmyPublished 7:25am Friday, November 8, 2013
Jan Nowak, of the Niles Salvation Army, said this weekend’s food drive is essential and critical if the organization hopes to continue to serve those in need.
“It is almost ironic that at this time of the year, when many, many households are stocking up, buying all the makings for the huge stuffed turkey, the green bean casserole, the sweet potato soufflé… that there are families in our midst for whom these thoughts are just a distant and ridiculous dream,” she said. “Many of our neighbors are simply trying to secure enough food for the day, or the week.”
The food drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Martin’s Supermarket in Niles. Members of the Niles High School student council will help staff the event. A radio personality from The Bear, 103.9 FM will be present for part of the day.
All food items collected will help sustain the Salvation Army’s food pantry.
“The demand here is swiftly outpacing the support,” Nowak said. “We could soon be facing the reality of not being able to keep up with all the requests for emergency pantry assistance. However, I continue to have faith that our needs will be met… through efforts like this drive this Saturday, we will be able to continue.”