MEDFORD, Ore. — Registration for the Salvation Army’s holiday assistance program starts Tuesday. The program takes place every year and gives food to families in need over the holidays.
Last year the assistance program helped more than 200 families on Thanksgiving and 1,400 families on Christmas.
When families sign-up, they will get to choose between whether they want assistance on Thanksgiving or Christmas. The Thanksgiving assistance will include a food bag with a turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and other food items. The Christmas assistance will include a food bag along with toys for any child 12 years-old and under.
To qualify for the assistance program, a family’s income will need to be at 130% of the poverty level, and will need to prove it when they sign-up for the holiday assistance.
“People need to bring some kind of proof of income which can be an unemployment print out, it can be a pay stub… the Oregon Trail card itself wouldn’t qualify, but if somebody has their print out that says they get food stamps that way, a social security award letter… anything like that that shows what their level of income is,” said Salvation Army’s development director, Jackie Agee.
The Salvation Army said they do expect to see more people signing up for the program this year because of the cuts to the Food Stamp program and the current economic state of the country.
Sign-ups are being held at the Salvation Army Church at 304 Beatty Street in Medford between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on November 12 and 13 and December 2, 3 and 4. There will be more sign-ups from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on November 14 and December 5 and 6.
This year’s distribution location will be held on December 20 and 21 at 344 Bartlett Street in the former Lithia Motors office building at the corner of Third and Bartlett in Medford.
The Salvation Army is looking volunteers to help with the holiday program. Anyone interested in volunteering or donating is urged to contact the Salvation Army at (541) 773-6965.