Salvation Army food programs expand in U.P.

Published: May. 2, 2022 at 3:06 PM EDT
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Salvation Armys in Marquette and Delta County are opening their doors for services that haven’t been available since the start of the pandemic.

Beginning Monday, in-person weekday lunches returned to Escanaba and Marquette. The hybrid pantry program is available at all locations, including Escanaba, Ishpeming and Marquette.

“You can either choose to pick it up at the door still like you have been for the last several months or you can come in and shop for yourself,” said Marquette Salvation Army corps officer Marie Lewis.

While the pantry service may be hybrid, the lunch program is not. The program has fully switched to being in-person.

“Being able to engage with people is a critical part of life and sometimes we’ve all been so shut-in for the past several months that we need that engagement. It helps with people who can’t afford or make their own food.”

The changes are due to the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions. Brenda Washnock is a cook for the Marquette Salvation Army, she said Monday was her first time serving an in-person lunch here.

“It is according to what the Emergency Food Assistance Program has given us, we get that a couple times a year, they give us a large amount of food. We get donations from the Canathon and around the community,” said Washnock.

The Salvation Army is also in need of local volunteers if you would like to volunteer or make a donation click here.

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