HUDSON—The Salvation Army, 40 South Third Street, is stretching its resources to meet the dramatic increase in the needs of those economically-impacted by the recent novel coronavirus pandemic, according to a press release issued by the organization April 6.
The Salvation Army Service Center operates the only soup kitchen in Columbia County that serves daily lunches. It also provides a food pantry three days a week. Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, the Salvation Army in Hudson will continue to ensure that low-income individuals and families have access to desperately needed resources like food.
Within just two weeks of the coronavirus impacting New Yorkers, the center saw a dramatic increase in the community’s use of services.
“As with any crisis or disaster, we are already embedded in the local community, so we are already serving and will be here as long as we are needed. We are now serving lunch to an average of between 30 to 60 a day and food pantry cases have increased to 45 to 55 each day and we anticipate that these numbers are only going to get worse,” Darcy Connor, director of the Salvation Army’s Hudson Service Center said in the release. The center continues to serve daily hot lunches Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
“Those meals are now boxed or bagged for individuals to stop and pick up,” Ms. Connor said. The food pantry is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8 to 10 a.m.
“Bags are prefilled with food and placed on outside tables for families who need them. We are also delivering food to the homeless living in nearby county motels, the elderly, and any others at high risk for infection. It’s always been the generosity of our community that has gotten us through, and we need it now more than ever,” she said in the release.
The Salvation Army is currently seeking donations or finances to purchase:
*Emergency food and supplies to supplement current stockpiles donated by local supermarkets and the Regional Food Bank
*Gas for food deliveries to families in need who cannot come to the center
*Take-out meal containers (not previously budgeted for)
*Diapers and baby formula for parents who have lost their jobs
*Milk gift cards to supplement the food pantry distribution for families with children.
With an expected spike in requests for help over the coming weeks, months, and potentially years, ongoing public support will be needed to help ensure that services are available.
Donate online at https://give.salvationarmy.org/hudson or send a check to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 746, Hudson 12534 or drop it off at 40 South Third Street and thank volunteers from a safe distance. There is also a Walmart “Registry for Good” bit.ly/HudsonRegistry4Good which allows people to purchase items folks will continue to need during this very unsettling time. These items will be sent directly to the Salvation Army service center.
For more information go to: empire.salvationarmy.org