Families in need of food over the Christmas holidays are able to seek help from the Salvation Army Community Church.
Last year the Salvation Army expected to give out 450 Christmas hampers, this year they are preparing for 900 due to the effect COVID-19 has had.
Major Bond Jennings, Community Ministries Director said families are dealing with struggles they did not intend to have.
“We’re averaging five to ten new people a week with people coming on a weekly basis looking for assistance with food. Because of COVID-19, things are still not back to normal and so people are still without their jobs and still finding it difficult with all that COVID-19 has caused.”
They started taking applications for food baskets last week and already have 60 submitted.
Looking at their numbers, the church is projecting to do over 700 interviews before their deadline of November 13th.
“We’re hoping that we can at least take a little bit of stress off of people by at least providing them with some food for Christmas so they can have a good Christmas meal and some food for at least a week or two afterwards,” said Jennings.
In previous years, a youth group of roughly 40 from Paradise Valley would come and put the baskets together in one evening.
Due to SHA’s restrictions, they now only have three volunteers at a time putting together the baskets throughout coming weeks.
Each hamper has around $250 of food which equals out to one to two weeks worth of meals.
The hampers consist of Christmas dinner items such as stuffing and cranberry sauce along with every day food like Kraft Dinner and baking items.
Christmas hampers will be passed out starting on December 9th until the 22nd.
Anyone looking to apply for a food basket can phone the Salvation Army Community Church office at 780-875-9166.
Applications can be handed in until November 13th.
If anyone would like to donate, they can also contact the office and ask what items the organization is in need of.