MEDFORD, Ore. — Southern Oregon families in need are all signed up to receive ingredients to prepare a Thanksgiving meal next week. After a slow first two days of registration last week, Salvation Army officials said they were flooded with requests on the final day.
200 families will receive a turkey with all the fixings one week from today on November 20th. Salvation Army officials say it’s all in an effort to provide assistance to families in need this holiday season. All of the food arrived this week and volunteers have begun organizing and bagging the food which will be delivered next week.
Volunteers say a variety of people will be receiving the meals from people who regularly receive assistance to those who just couldn’t afford a Thanksgiving feast this year. The need for some families of course stretches year round and Salvation Army officials say their pantry feeds between 6,000 and 7,000 people year-round. Officials with the Department of Human Services also say the need for food assistance is up year round.
They say the number of people in Jackson and Josephine County who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program also know as SNAP, is up 3% from last year, totaling nearly 80,000 people. The Salvation Army will also have 200 meals available for the Christmas holiday. Registration for those meals will be November 27th, 29th, and December 4th.