Springs Rescue Mission has issued an urgent request for food donations, because the nonprofit isn’t getting enough donations to feed the hungry.
Normally, there is a summer lull, but the effects from the Waldo Canyon fire are being felt as well.
“The community responded very quickly and generously to the needs surrounding the Waldo Canyon fire and its aftermath,” said Springs Rescue Mission CEO Rev. Joe Vazquez. “It’s not surprising that there would be a slowdown of donations in the wake of that response. Still, during those weeks the number of neighbors who needed food support was steady and of late has shown some increase.
“As a result, not only our warehouse shelves but also our kitchen pantry are bare most of the time. We’ve had to turn people away from our food distribution services. Scores of families have walked away empty-handed because the food simply isn’t there. We’re also stretched very thin at our Samaritan’s Kitchen meals service which offers a few hundred meals daily to our hungry and homeless neighbors.
“Any donation of nonperishable foods would be deeply appreciated at this time – especially proteins like canned meat or fish and canned fruit and vegetables.”
Food donations can be delivered from 9:30 am to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on Saturday from 9a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to the Mission warehouse at 1 West Las Vegas Street, just west of Tejon and Las Vegas.
For more information about Springs Rescue Mission, call (719) 632-1822, or visit www.mySRM.org.