‘They're there for us.’ Pandemic leads families to rely on food pantries and programs

Some Rockland County residents are depending on food distribution from the Salvation Army to feed their families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

News 12 Staff

Apr 23, 2020, 9:38 PM

Updated 1,490 days ago

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Some Rockland County residents are depending on food distribution from the Salvation Army to feed their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Spring Valley was only one of many areas with a line of cars waiting to pick up food today.
“Fresh food, canned goods, it’s going to help us out a lot,” says Spring Valley resident E. Green.
He tells News 12 that before the pandemic, life as a salesman was good - but that all changed drastically.
Now turning to the Salvation Army to feed his family, he feels thankful.
“I really want to thank the Salvation Army. They've done done a great job. They always have. Whenever we need help, they're there for us," says Green.
Major Thomas Hinzman of the Salvation Army says the organization doesn’t want to turn anyone away, but the overwhelming need for food is weighing heavy on the agencies and food banks.
News 12 is told Hinzman used to order 3,500 pounds of food per month before the pandemic, but now he needs at least 20,000 pounds. 
The organization is also delivering to families that are coronavirus positive and unable to pick up their own groceries.
Rockland Community Against Hunger’s ‘Get Fresh’ food distribution and their lead food agency, ‘Touch,’ also participated in the Salvation Army food distribution event with fresh produce.
Due to the crucial need, the food distribution program occurred twice this month.
“We're getting calls from all over the county. Spring Valley, North Rockland...we're all here to try to do what we can to help," says Anita Dreichler, of Rockland Community Against Hunger.
Rockland County residents in need of food can call 211 or visit rocklandhunger.org.
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