A good holiday meal

Salvation Army seeking applicants for food basket program

MANISTEE —  The Salvation Army’s food basket program seeks to help those in need receive a good meal this holiday season.

“We want to take some of that holiday pressure off of people and provide them with a nice meal,” said Lindsay Hallead, social services case manager at the Salvation Army Manistee and Benzie county extension office.

The program gives out approximately 300 baskets per year filled with a variety of food — canned goods, baked goods, a frozen turkey, and other items — to those who apply. The deadline to apply is Dec. 15 and can be done by calling the Salvation Army at (231) 723-6243 or by going to the social service office at 471 Water St. in Manistee.

Food distribution takes place on Dec.16, 17 and 18 at the office. Hallead said applicants are given a date and time when they are to pick up their basket, however prospective applicants who come in during the distribution time won’t be turned away.

Need in the community for the baskets is determined by prior data collected by the Salvation Army, as well as the Manistee branch of the State of Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS), she said.

The two organizations are part of the Holiday Hope Team, along with Love in the Name of Christ (Love INC), Toys for Tots and FiveCAP.

Along with food from the Salvation Army’s pantry, area businesses providing items include Family Fare, Spirit of Giving campaign from West Shore Bank, Packaging Corporation of America, Morton Salt, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Little River Casino Resort, Oleson Foundation; the Meijer Simply Give Campaign and Feeding America.

She said Morton Salt donated turkeys it purchased and West Shore Bank’s Spirit of Giving campaign donated monetary certificates to the Salvation Army to purchase the food.

“They all play a huge role into us being able to do this,” Hallead said. “Families will also bring in a full meal. Some of the food is donated. We buy lots of that food from our budget.”

Manistee resident Amanda Krolczyk has been volunteering at the Salvation Army for the last three months and has been helping to put together the food baskets.

She said the baskets, which began to be put together about six to eight weeks ago, are put together by the amount of, and kind of food items donated.

“What (kinds of food) we get, we start making baskets, and then once we get more, we start adding to the baskets,” Krolczyk said. “We started with what we had and then we added to the baskets as we got more items to put in them.”

She said people seem thankful when they come in to fill out the application for the basket.

“It’s just amazing to see how many families we’re actually helping in the community,” Krolczyk said. “There’s a lot of need in the community, and I think a lot of people overlook that need, so it’s nice to see our name’s actually getting out there and people are using us as a resource.”

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Posted by Sean Bradley

Sean is the city and cops and courts reporter for the News Advocate, he also is in charge of the entertainment and Reasons to Celebrate pages. He can be reached at (231) 398-3109 or sbradley@pioneergroup.com.

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