Salvation Army prepares for food drive on Nov. 5

Organization is celebrating 130 years in the community

It is being called the Neighbors helping Neighbors campaign.

Next week, the Salvation Army of Vancouuver wants all neighbors to help out where they can.

The charity organization has been serving food to 1,100 families a month during the pandemic, and it can use more items for its pantry operations.

Captain John Morrow of the Salvation Army of Vancouver said the organization is feeding 1,100 families a month. The Salvation Army will hold a food drive on Nov. 5. Photo by Paul Valencia

On Nov. 5, a food drive will be held in conjunction with the Salvation Army Kettle Kickoff, celebrating the organization’s 130 years of continuous services to local families.

Yes, that’s news, too. The tradition of Salvation Army bell ringers will continue. The organization has already been granted permission from area businesses to stand outside the doors, just like any other year. The community will likely begin to see bell ringers around mid-November, the Salvation Army told Clark County Today.

As far as Nov. 5, the focus will be on the food drive at the Vancouver headquarters, 1500 NE 112th Avenue. Donors can simply drive up, and volunteers will come to their cars to take the donations. The drive is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Salvation Army band is expected to perform throughout the day, as well.

Capt. John Morrow of the Salvation Army said the food pantry has seen increased demand during the pandemic and guests are in need of more items.

Recommended items to donate include: pasta, rice, canned soup, vegetables, canned meat, tuna, and boxed meals. 

Personal hygiene and household cleaning supplies are also needed and will be added to grocery boxes for families in need.