Salvation Army’s food pantries and soup kitchens are still in high demand

One year since the coronavirus pandemic struck New Jersey, food pantries and soup kitchens like those provided by the Salvation Army are still in high demand. “Last year we served just under 2 million meals through the state over the course of a year. This year … that number has jumped to over 8 million years — so a 450% increase year over year,“ said Major James Betts, divisional commander of the Salvation Army in New Jersey.

Can such organizations continue at this pace and keep meeting the need? Correspondent Raven Santana reports.

Support for “Hunger in NJ” has been provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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