A donation of nearly $13,000 worth of food will help the Salvation Army assist those who have been affected by COVID-19.
Guam Corps Officer Major Tom Stambaugh says that because of COVID-19, the organization has seen a significant spike in the number of people asking for food assistance.
“Right now, normally what we’ll see in a month, we’ll see in a day. We get about 60 to 80 calls for appointments and we try to schedule them as best as we can,” Stambaugh said.
The bags of food provided by the Salvation Army are filled with items such as pasta, cereal, and snacks and are supposed to last a family for 3 to 4 days.
With the increased demand for assistance, the organization reached out to Quality Distributors for help and the company donated cases of luncheon meat, bags of rice, and drinks. The drinks will be included in their delivery to the members of the Guam Nursing Command Center, who staff Public Health’s medical hotline.
“The food that they donated is going to be staged and brought into our food pantry area where it’s going to be bagged and distributed out to those coming in for their appointments,” Stambaugh said.
He added: “We’re glad to have the donation today because it’s going to help bolster some of the food bags we’ll be handing out so the people will have a little more in there to help them out.”
If you are interested in making a donation, please call 477-9873.