Demand Outstripping Salvation Army

CHICAGO (WBBM) — The Salvation Army is having a hard time keeping up with demand in Chicago and elsewhere.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Felicia Middlebrooks reports, the Salvation Army provides food, shelter and a host of programs for millions of people – 30 million nationwide last year.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Felicia Middlebrooks reports

But a survey of 30 food programs in Chicago and Philadelphia reveals that non-profits saw demand increase in great numbers. In Chicago alone, with high unemployment and home foreclosures on the rise, the demand for food doubled.

Officials say donations were flat, or declined. Salvation Army National spokesman Major George Hood says many Salvation Army regions had to realign their budgets to meet increased demands for food and shelter.

Overall, donor support was down about 8 percent.

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  • John R. Bosanac

    I believe it is time for organizations like the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to step up. Do more community sevice projects, have more food drives, more than helping the mail carriers in May, more than having food drives at holiday times through Dominicks. These organizations don’t show enough community spirit. That is why there numbers are shrinking. If you don’t show your selves in the community people don’t know your there. So, come on Scout’s help the food pantry’s more than before. You helping then can help increase your membership.

  • My thoughts

    …well when your supporting armys of illegal invaderes, food, money, clothers,…maybe they sucked you dry?

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