Lorain Sal­va­tion Army runs an­nual canned food drive

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Jor­dana Joy jjoy@morn­ingjour­nal.com @MJ_Jor­danaJoy on Twit­ter

The Sal­va­tion Army, 2506 Broad­way in Lorain, has kicked off its an­nual canned food drive in part­ner­ship with Lorain City Schools.

Par­ents, stu­dents and res­i­dents may drop off non­per­ish­able goods to any school in the district un­til Dec. 14 to pro­vide food to the food pantry at the Sal­va­tion Army.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing thus far in­clude: Ad­mi­ral King El­e­men­tary, 720 Wash­ing­ton Ave.; Steven Do­hanos El­e­men­tary, 1625 E. 32nd St.; Palm El­e­men­tary, 2319 E. 34th St.; Garfield El­e­men­tary, 200 W. 31st St.; Hawthorne El­e­men­tary, 610 W. 20th St.; Lark­moor El­e­men­tary, 1201 Ne­braska Ave.; and Lorain High School, 2600 Ash­land Ave.

“It’s so crit­i­cal to us be­cause there’s a lot of lay­offs dur­ing the win­ter months, and peo­ple have sea­sonal jobs, and also be­cause kids are out for break,” said Cas­san­dra Marr, fam­ily ser­vice worker the Sal­va­tion Army. “Although some peo­ple are work­ing, food is al­ways short.”

Marr said some peo­ple may say they paid their bills, but now they need to get some food.

The schools com­pete each year to see which one can col­lect the most food per pound, she said.

This year, the win­ning school will have a pizza

party or­ga­nized by the Sal­va­tion Army and will be pre­sented with a trav­el­ing tro­phy.

Sal­va­tion Army corps of­fi­cer Lt. Jimmy Susa said the av­er­age weight of food col­lected from the schools is 8,000 pounds.

The goal this year is 20,000 pounds, Susa said.

Although the food pantry will take any non­per­ish­able food from ap­ple sauce to canned fruit, Susa and Marr said they al­ways are look­ing for health­ier, more sus­tain­able items to make

for whole­some meals.

“We go more for what is in your heart, what peo­ple want to give,” Susa said. “Of course, we want to give vegeta­bles and greens, we want to give fruits and less sweets.”

As many as 400 boxes and bar­rels given to the schools for col­lect­ing food were dec­o­rated by sup­port­ive staff from the Open Door Chris­tian School, 8287 W. Ridge Road in Elyria, Marr said.

She said the food drive is vi­tal to keep­ing the pantry’s

food sup­ply up through­out the win­ter months, which sees be­tween 30 to 70 clients a day.

“The only time our num­bers seem to be a bit low, is at the be­gin­ning of the month be­cause we serve a lot of dis­abled peo­ple who are on ba­sic in­come and usu­ally pay­ing bills that week,” she said. “Af­ter that, it’s non­stop.”

The food pantry is open from 9-11 a.m., Mon­day through Fri­day, and sup­plies a hefty gro­cery bag of food for each client ev­ery 30 days, Marr said.

JOR­DANA JOY — MORN­ING JOUR­NAL

Sal­va­tion Army fam­ily ser­vice worker Cas­san­dra Marr, right, and corps of­fi­cer Lt. Melissa Susa are in the food pantry at 2506 Broad­way Ave. in Lorain.

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