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Salvation Army holds food drive in Glastonbury as need increases amid coronavirus outbreak

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GLASTONBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Food pantries are suffering right now and the demand is expected to increase substantially in the weeks and months ahead. With that in mind, the Salvation Army is holding a food drive in Glastonbury.

It’s an effort you’d typically see at Christmas time. A food and supply drive for the Salvation Army’s Connecticut and Rhode Island facilities.

“We know with the crisis of COVID-19, we’re going to be seeing an increase of people with a need for food and supplies,” said Katie Perrett, Volunteer Coordinator, Salvation Army CT & Rhode Island.

Nancy Pelletier would typically donate peanut butter to a Windsor-based program for kids.

“Because school’s closed the kids can’t have it. So I’d give it to them,” said Pelletier.

Instead she’s here in Glastonbury where glove-wearing volunteers collected food and goods to stock up pantries across the state.

With coronavirus spreading across the globe, the Salvation Army says it’s at full capacity. Meals are still being served but not in social settings.

“We’re going to be cooking them and passing them out in to-go boxes at the door,” said Perrett.

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Pantries will open by appointment only to maintain social distancing. Meanwhile, shelter staff and residents are being monitored for symptoms.

“I bought so much stuff that I shouldn’t have but I needed to get rid of some of it,” said Pete Donahue, Glastonbury.

Charitable organizations, like state officials, are taking COVID-19 day-by-day. And making necessary modifications. Those who heeded the call to give back Wednesday say more people should be thinking about their neighbors at this time.

“They should be compelled to give and they’re going to need more especially if the supermarkets are running low,” said Donahue.

The Salvation Army will hold a virtual drive and use that money to buy grocery store gift cards people in need. For more details on how you can help, click here.

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