In October, 207 individuals came to the Salvation Army food pantry in the Eastern Sierra for food. The holidays underscore the need for help which goes on all year long.
Nationally, new statistics say that one out of every six Americans doesn’t know where his next meal will come from. No one could confirm if the Eastern Sierra has the same kind of severe problem, but the Salvation Army and Inyo-Mono Advocates for Community Action do have active food programs in the works.
Major Don Bowman at Salvation Army said they are distributing some 177 Thanksgiving food boxes in the Bishop area. He said programs are going on in Mono County, too. Bowman pointed out that the need goes on year-round and right now the Salvation army has plenty of food.
Bowman said they would appreciate support for the holiday and the lean times afterwards when people still need help. The Salvation Army accepts both cash and food donations. Cash is more versatile because they can buy what is really needed. “We’re busy every day,” said Bowman. “We emphasize the holidays but appreciate continued support.”
The Salvation Army Kettle program will also start November 27th and last through Christmas Eve. Donations in the kettle will help keep local people fed and clothed. They do need volunteers to work the kettles. Call 872-6100.
At IMACA, Community Services Director Jane McDonald said that since early November IMACA has been working with schools, businesses and residents to gather donations for Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets. Food donation barrels are located at Joseph’s Markets in Bishop and Lone pine, Manor Market, Smart and Final, Vons, Carroll’s Market and the Shell station and Chamber of Commerce in Independence. Food donations will be accepted until December 11th.
Applications for Christmas baskets will be accepted until December 1st. McDonald said IMACA also continues to serve the community through their food pantry. If you want to help with IMACA’s programs, call 760-873-8557.