Baton Rouge Salvation Army serves nearly 300 people during Thanksgiving food outreach

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Nearly 300 families will have a meal on their table for Thanksgiving thanks to the Salvation Army.

Hundreds of Baton Rouge residents lined seven hours before the giveaway.

“Thank y’all so much, yall don’t understand how much of a blessing it is,” said one Baton Rouge resident.

Members of the Salvation Army said their demand has increased dramatically in the past year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are seeing families come through for services that have never had to ask for help before in their lives. We serve a large population of the Alice population, which is mostly working families that struggle to make ends meet on a daily and weekly basis,” said Salvation Army Director of Development Morgan Dailey.

That line continued to get longer as the day went on. Stretching for miles from Airline Hwy down to Greenwell Springs.

Major Donald Tekautz said this line physically shows the issue of food insecurity in the capital area. 

“We already know it’s coming for Christmas, the amount of families that have signed up. We are about 20 percent higher than we were with our Angel Tree a year ago,” he said. “I think it shows where we are. There is just a level of poverty in Baton Rouge that keeps growing.”

The Salvation Army is feeling the impact of the pandemic. They are pushing people to consider donating and volunteering, especially during the season of giving back. 

The nonprofit will host another food giveaway for Hurricane Ida victims before Christmas.

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