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Salvation Army needs food, cites increased demand

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A corps officer with the Salvation Army of Roswell is asking local residents, businesses and organizations to donate food to its food bank as soon as possible.

“We are making a plea for food,” said Cpt. Niki Woollin, who heads the local office along with her husband, Jonathan Woollin.

She said that an unexpected spike in demand for food at the Salvation Army food bank on East Chisum Street for the past couple of weeks has depleted the local agency’s food supplies. A food delivery from other Salvation Army units is not anticipated until the latter part of next week.

She said there is a critical need for protein-rich foods, such as canned tuna, canned meats or peanut butter.

To her knowledge, there is no known reason for the marked increase in demand, although she said it could be related to the start of school and the need some families might have for school lunch supplies.

Typically, the food pantry serves about 300 to 400 people a month, she said.

Food can be delivered to the Salvation Army Food Bank, 207B E. Chisum St., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.