BANGOR – The Salvation Army in Bangor is doing its part during the COVID-19 pandemic to help anyone who needs a meal and put a smile on their face but resources are dwindling.
The Salvation Army has served more than 4,100 meals in the past month — which is well beyond the normal rate
“Normally we would serve maybe 75 to 100 people at a meal given if it was maybe closer to the end of the month or depending on the type of year but we’ve seen as many as 160 a day coming in looking for meals,” said Capt. Rebecca Kirk.
Kirk said the nonprofit is grateful for the opportunity to feed everyone and is taking the proper precautions when it comes to COVID-19.
The closing of their thrift stores has created a shortage of resources but Kirk said they are determined to keep providing assistance.
“We are going to continue to provide food and as a community, we can rally together to do this, you know, if everyone does a little,” Kirk said. “Nobody has to do a lot. We’re not sitting here saying please send me a check for $10,000, although if you did that I would definitely cash that and feed people.”
Kirk praised local businesses for their generous donations but said the need is still greater than the supply.
“Our biggest struggle is getting snacks,” said Soup Kitchen Coordinator James Moors. “The donations that are coming in right now, they are funding our day-to-day and keeping us going every day so it’s just amazing but still, you know, how long can that happen.”
To donate supplies or if you need a meal, visit the soup kitchen on South Park Street in Bangor.