Salvation Army of Wake County seeks food donations as Thanksgiving nears

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Salvation Army of Wake County officials say they are so low on donations they may not be able to get meals to families during Thanksgiving.


“We need everything right now,” said Lydia Corbitt, the group’s crisis manager.

Corbitt says every year around the holidays, the shelves are packed with food donations.

“We usually get so many donations in the fall and we’re just not seeing it this year,” said Corbitt.

She says during Thanksgiving they get requests for meals from hundreds of families. At the current rate, she says the Salvation Army of Wake County won’t even have enough for half of those hungry families.


“I can’t imagine cutting back on my appointments on Thanksgiving week. I’ve never done that before,” said Corbitt.

She says what’s worse is during this time is that the Salvation Army of Wake County usually receives such a surplus of donations from the community they can rely on them for the entire holiday season and even into the winter.

This year, she says it does not look that that will be the case.

“I’m worried about my pantry, because this pantry runs on donations,” said Corbitt.

Corbitt says there is still time to get donations in before Thanksgiving.

Some of the items that are always needed at the pantry include:

  • Canned goods: green beans, all other kinds of beans, mixed veggies, corn, potatoes, soup, Vienna sausage, tuna fish
  • Dry bags of: noodles, beans, rice
  • Breakfast foods: cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix and syrup, grits, etc.
  • Miscellaneous: peanut butter and jelly, powder-based mashed potatoes, powder-based milk, fruit snacks, crackers and cookies

If you would like to donate items for the organization’s Thanksgiving baskets, the following items can be bought and brought to the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope:

• 1 Whole Turkey (frozen) or turkey breast
• 1 can of cranberry sauce
• 2 cans of green beans
• 1 can of cream of mushroom soup
• 1 can of french-fried onions
• 2 boxes of stuffing
• 2 (29oz) cans of sweet potatoes
• 1 small box of brown sugar
• 1 bag of miniature marshmallows
• 2 cans of regular or creamed corn
• 1 bag of rolls (fresh or frozen)
• 1 frozen pie (cannot be homemade)

If you are interested in helping out, you can drop donations off directly at the Salvation Army of Wake County located at 1863 Capital Blvd. in Raleigh.

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