Food shelves across the state are putting out a cry for help this holiday season.
The Salvation Army of Rutland has seen bare shelves for over a month. Saturday the shelves were restocked as volunteers helped unload donations from the annual stuff-a-bus event. The food shelf relies on up to four massive food drives annually to serve year-round needs, and to fill hundreds of holiday meal baskets for families across Rutland County.
"This year right now we have over 200 families, plus the council on aging sent us 45 families that they need help with. Then Tuesday and Wednesday of this week we are taking another open enrollment for holiday assistance. Then after Thanksgiving we will have it for Christmas. Last year we did 373 for Thanksgiving and 495 for Christmas meals. We do not know what the numbers are going to be this year," said Captain Rose Balcom.
Volunteers will sort the over 20,000 pounds of food donated in this years drive, and split the items between Benning-Rutland Opportunity Council and the Salvation Army.
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