Salvation Army food pantry low going into summer


REDDING, Calif. - The Stuff the Bus food drive is underway to benefit the Salvation Army.

The summer months are not the traditional time of year people donate, but are just as important in order to keep the pantry full year round, officials said.

Last year, more than 500 families were served by the Salvation Army during the summer. Officials said that adds up to more than 2,000 people during the months of June, July and August.

The Salvation Army's Lt. Daniel Whipple said there is a need for canned goods right now.

He explained donations traditionally come in seasons, mostly during the holidays, helping to fill the pantry shelves. That supply then dwindles each month leading into the summer when kids are out of school.

"What we call on people to bring us during the summer is peanut butter, jelly, tuna fish. These are the types of things, because these are the items that will sustain children throughout the summer," said Lt. Whipple.

The Salvation Army pantry is open year round to families and individuals in need. There are income guidelines, but Lt. Whipple added they will never turn a need away.

The Stuff the Bus food drive is going on now, leading up to the big event June 5 at Lithia Chevrolet in Redding and the Chico Mall.

For a complete list of drop off locations click here.

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