Salvation Army in Lufkin hosts drive-thru food pantry, meal service

Organization seeing higher demand for food, supplies

Salvation Army in Lufkin hosts drive-thru food pantry, meal service

LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - The Salvation Army’s Lufkin district is still open and providing basic needs for people in the community.

They will continue to serve lunch and dinner daily through drive-thru and walk-ups.

Corps Officer Jenifer Phillips says they will host a drive-thru food pantry every Tuesday and Thursday in partnership with the East Texas Food Bank, but anyone in need will have to make an appointment.

Phillips says there is an increased need for food and supplies due to families experiencing loss of jobs.

The community is encouraged to donate hygiene products and other basic goods.

“We are looking for non-perishable items at this time, because we don’t know what the next weeks hold and how many people might need to have non-perishable household items in their house as well,” Phillips expressed.

Phillips says since they usually have older people who volunteer, they are shorthanded as those volunteers stay home to prevent exposure to COVID-19. She says they are looking for more volunteers to fill those gaps.

According to Phillips, the Salvation Army of Lufkin is following the CDC’s guidelines by practicing safe distancing and wearing personal protective equipment while dealing with food and the general public.

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