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At Salvation Army food pantry, cupboards are bare

Posted June 5, 2010
Updated June 6, 2010

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— Food is one of several necessities the Salvation Army offers, but lately, food pantry shelves in downtown Raleigh are nearly empty.

Officials with the Salvation Army of Wake County say they will not be able to continue food distribution programs next week unless they receive a great number of donations this weekend.

"We are just really scraping the bottom of the barrel to provide food for people, and we are pretty much at the bottom at this point,” Salvation Army spokesperson Haven Sink said.

Food donations typically drop in summer months, but a spokeswoman says the need has reached a critical level.

"Normally, the food pantry is full to the brim, and you can't even walk in the doors. Now there is barely anything on the shelves," Sink said.

Food donations can be dropped off at the Salvation Army's main office at 215 South Person St. in downtown Raleigh. Items needed include canned fruits, vegetables, pasta and other non-perishable foods.

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