Salvation Army volunteers to pack food boxes for needy

Salvation Army volunteers will help pack 5,500 food boxes for needy families on Saturday.

About 175 volunteers will assemble at the Salvation Army at 1110 E. Truman Road in Kansas City, Mo., and fill 5,500 food boxes to distribute to families who have applied for Christmas assistance from the Salvation Army in the Kansas City metro area, a spokesman said.

Working in assembly line fashion, the volunteers will build and then fill 5,500 boxes with all the fixings for a holiday meal, including ham, potatoes, stuffing and green beans, plus everyday staples such as flour, sugar, macaroni and cheese, and peanut butter.

A number of businesses, schools and churches have donated food to the project, including Russell Stover Candy, Zerega Pasta, Cosentino’s Food Stores, the Haun Potato Co. and affiliated potato growers and Pratt Industries, which donated the boxes.

In addition to the food boxes, The Salvation Army provides toys for 16,000 children in Kansas City each Christmas. The food boxes and toys are distributed a few days before Christmas from The Salvation Army’s eight community centers in the Kansas City metropolitan area. To donate or to learn more about The Salvation Army, go to www.salarmymokan.org or call 816-756-1455.

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