Red Kettle Campaign donations needed to stock bare food pantry

Most kids look for candy in their Christmas stockings, not for their next meal. The Salvation Army says they are working towards fighting food insecurity
Published: Nov. 30, 2022 at 10:26 PM CST
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign is in full swing.

The familiar sound of the bell ringing next to the kettles can be heard as you enter stores throughout the Heartland.

The need for your spare change or cash placed in the kettles is even greater this year.

Leaders of Cape Girardeau’s Salvation Army say the rise in prices is making it more difficult to provide for needs in the community.

Right now their food pantry is bare.

Lily Reinier, with the Salvation Army, says the pantry is normally full.

“The shortages everywhere it’s harder to get the food to give out to people, those donations you know we take in those donations to supply what we can’t get,” explained Reinier.

The Cape Girardeau Salvation Army food pantry helps between 50 to 100 people when it is open.

Reinier says this is why it is so important for them to raise as much as they can during the holiday giving season.

Donations not only help feed our neighbors in need, but also help with other community programs in the Heartland.

Efforts that mean so much.

“This just means a smile on their face, you know knowing that we can help them stay in their homes or get their lights turned back on or even a meal,” said Reinier.

Volunteer Pat Carter sees it too.

“There’s just so many needs out there, and I’ve seen it in my own family and in my neighborhood, people if it wasn’t for the Salvation Army they wouldn’t have been able to step another foot forward,” said Carter.

After 20 years of volunteering, Carter says she has no plans on stopping.

“There’s no better feeling, it’s great,” said Carter.

To find more on how you can help or volunteer, contact the Salvation Army Cape Girardeau at 573-335-7000.