EAST STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Joanne Rake lost her vision then her job. Money’s tight, so she relies on the East Stroudsburg Salvation Army’s regular food distributions.
“Well, they help a lot,” Rake adds.
She’s used to picking up boxed and canned foods but this time around Joanne’s added a pop of color to her cart..
The Salvation Army’s now giving away fresh fruits and vegetables.
“The earnest is really on us in the community to provide food, but also healthier food. To take a stand against diet-related diseases,” says Rose London, Salvation Army’s Development Director.
Long lines waited to collect carrots, cucumbers, apples, lettuce, and even fresh eggs.
Rake adds, “I think it’s important to have that type of variety. But particularly in the winter vegetables and fruit, they get quite expensive.”
Brian Henneberry volunteers with RSVP, an organization helping senior citizens in need.
“People have got to eat and in some cases they wouldn’t be able to besides with what the Salvation Army is able to do,” Henneberry explains.
He’s delivering the fresh produce to hungry seniors.
“I’m glad they’re able to do that. Our seniors are going to be kind of surprised at that because they’re used to canned goods and frozen meats,” he adds.
Local farms donate fresh fruits and vegetables when they can during harvest season. But through partnerships, The Salvation Army hopes to purchase fruits and vegetables for every distribution day.
Today alone, 300 families added color to their carts.