Salvation Army food pantry traffic levels off
By Taylor J. Hale
PORTAGE COUNTY – The Stevens Point Salvation Army (SPSA) is still running at full throttle as shutdowns hang heavy over the state, but staff said that service has returned to a more manageable pace.
The organization’s food pantry and other services are running in modified forms, allowing the public to utilize their services during the pandemic.
SPSA Communications Specialist Bob Quam told the Gazette that the food pantry was operating mostly unaffected, besides extra sanitary efforts and only allowing food basket drop-offs at the door for guests.
“We are as close to normal as possible in all of this,” Quam said. “The food pantry and shelter are still open. We are still running 24/7.”
While most operations are still running smoothly, the organization is practicing social distancing and precautionary sanitation efforts to keep the community safe.
Quam noted that when shutdowns and layoffs first hit the state in late March, the SPSA noticed a significant increase of guests utilizing the pantry, but indicated that after state and federal programs were made available, the number of weekly guests has mostly plateaued.
“It’s been normal for now,” Quam said. “I think it’s going to spike again, people have got their government check and food stamps now, so we’ll see where it goes. But I’m suspecting, before all this is over, we will see a large spike again.”
SPSA staff noted that food donations are still needed. To donate to the SPSA, visit https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/stevenspoint.
The SPSA food pantry is open daily from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Call 715-341-2437 to make an appointment.