For a variety of reasons the pricing and availability of turkeys is going up, way up. So much higher, that for the third year in a row, the East Stroudsburg Salvation Army was going to have to seek an alternative or cut back entirely on turkeys in their holiday food baskets. However, thanks to the dedication of Dr. Linda Van Meter, East Stroudsburg University Professor and Chairman of Project Turkey, students from the University will be bagging at ShopRite, Stroudsburg from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19, and Nov. 25 and 26, to raise money for Project Turkey.
The Salvation Army started early to source the food needed for distribution between Thanksgiving and Christmas where they provide hundreds of families food baskets to feed themselves over the holidays. Because of cutbacks in funding, increased demand from additional families needing help, and the skyrocketing price of turkeys, they had to reduce the number or eliminate turkeys altogether.
The East Stroudsburg Salvation Army has been providing services in Monroe County for over 100 years. In addition to food distribution, in 2017 The East Stroudsburg Salvation Army will provide grants for rent, fuel assistance and food for more than 52,000 people in desperate need; visit over 1,800 lonely, hurting people in nursing homes and correctional facilities throughout Monroe County ― perhaps the only visits they’ll receive this year; provide more than 58,000 meals to hungry men, women and children in Monroe County; distribute over 24,000 Christmas items; serve over 700 people through its Disaster Relief Program; and give almost 100 disadvantaged children the opportunity to experience summer camp.
The care and shelter of the needy continues to be an ongoing issue in Monroe County. The Salvation Army is not a given, and financially they have had significant negative economic impacts that have reduced its ability to serve. The continued contributions from neighbors through fundraisers such as the Harvest Festival, the Red Kettle Gala and this special Project Turkey effort, demonstrate how giving and caring our neighbors are to those that are less fortunate.
For information about how to contribute time, talent or money to the East Stroudsburg Salvation Army, call 570-421-3050 or visit salvationarmyeaststroudsburg.org.