Not many are aware of this incredible program here at The Salvation Army in Nashville. Emergency Services is dedicated to serving individuals in need here in the Middle Tennessee area with rent/mortgage assistance, utility payments, clothing and furniture vouchers and food boxes (Thank you to our donors and Second Harvest Food Bank!). We operate Monday through Friday and many of our clients are referred to us by 211, which is operated by United Way of Middle Tennessee.
Because of the economic downturn that has affected so many here in this area, our numbers have dramatically increased. Last year at this time we were fielding 500 calls a month, in 2009 last month alone our call volume increased to 3200! There are so many folks unemployed and hungry or may have their lights cut off in 2 days and we are doing our best on a daily basis to meet that need, but this cannot be done without our partners and donors like you!
We’ve recently been spreading the word about our pantry running low; an S.O.S. if you will (stock our shelves) letting the community know that our shelves are almost bare and we have many families looking to us for a food box to help support their family at this time. So if you or someone you know is wanting to donate some food items to our Emergency Services program, you can contact Mike Servais at 242-0411 for more information about food donations and the process. At this time, we need canned items like tuna, soups, vegetables and fruit. We also need bread and boxed foods such as macaroni, cereal and pasta.
A big thank you to Second Harvest and many other donors who bring food to us on a regular basis, but because of the growing need and the number we are trying to serve the food is only here for a short time and then it’s gone.
Despite the financial hardships that has been forecasted over the next few months, we believe that together, we can make a difference in the lives of those who are struggling and together, we are “Doing the Most Good” with our resources as we search out ways to give back to our neighbors!