New program instituted to help the homeless through The Salvation Army's Food Bank

Jun 30, 2022

Out of respect for our homeless guests, and to be more efficient with the generous resources provided by the community, The Salvation Army Spokane’s Food Bank recently updated its distribution process.

Whereas most guests are allowed to go through the food bank and shop as though they're in a grocery store, not all people feel comfortable with that system or have the means in which to store the food.

Thus, a new program entitled ‘Grab N Go Bags’ has been instituted for individuals who are limited on what they can carry and keep. Each guest can grab a regular grocery bag with items that can be eaten hot or cold right from the can if need be. Cans with pop tops are used when available. The bag contains soup/beefaroni-type items that are in stock, three or four canned meats, a jar of peanut butter, canned fruit/veggies, granola bars, snacks (raisins, etc. that are in stock), a bottle of water, or whatever type of beverage is on hand. These guests also receive a package of rolls, English muffins, or a loaf of bread. The 'Grab N Go Bags' are kept in the reception lobby. The receptionist tracks how many bags are distributed each day.

Homeless guests can receive ‘Grab N Go Bags', Monday through Friday. The bags can also be used for people who show up after service hours to hold them over until they can return the next day. No one in need leaves without food.

Since this program began more than two weeks ago, 92 bags (460 lbs. of food) have been handed out to guests struggling to live day-to-day. And this was all by word of mouth. The goal of this new program is for our guests to feel valued. And when they feel valued, they’ll feel better about themselves and want to receive help through one of The Salvation Army's permanent services or programs.

If you would like to help the local vulnerable through the 'Grab N Go Bags' program, please call 325-6821, x 2211

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