The need for food assistance remains strong in the Des Moines metro according to a report from The Salvation Army. More than 10,200 households received groceries from The Salvation Army’s two food pantries in the past 12 months. Both pantries are part of the Des Moines Area Religious Council food pantry network.
The number is from The Salvation Army’s family services statistical report for fiscal year 2013 which ended on Sept. 30.
The latest food pantry number is nearly 10 percent greater than the number of households served in the previous year and 17 percent greater than two years ago.
The Salvation Army’s homeless feeding program which serves a hot breakfast to homeless and near homeless men, women and children in Des Moines every Tuesday and Friday morning served more than 98,200 hot breakfasts in fiscal year 2013. That is 1.3 percent less than the previous year. However, the 2012 number was 21 percent greater than the number of meals served in 2011.
The Salvation Army also assisted 487 households with rent, deposit and mortgage assistance during the past year. That’s an increase of 24 percent over the previous year. The number of households provided utility assistance last year, 133, just two more than the previous year. Assistance with water bills is also provided; 104 households received water assistance last year.
A total of 31,385 persons received assistance from The Salvation Army’s family services department during fiscal year 2013 — a slight increase over the previous year.
The Salvation Army has been meeting human needs in Des Moines since 1887.