60-box giveaway cleans out Salvation Army food pantry

An April 18 food distribution event emptied the Salvation Army’s Cordova food pantry. (April 21, 2020) Photo courtesy of Steve Leppert

Cordova’s Salvation Army food pantry was forced to turn away residents from an April 18 food distribution event after supplies were exhausted. Sixty food boxes were distributed, up from 53 at the previous month’s event.

“We literally ran out of food,” said Steve Leppert, pastor for Cordova Church of the Nazarene.

Now, the pantry must be replenished for next month’s event, which organizers expect to draw even more people. The exact scheduling of the May event will be dictated by how rapidly the pantry can be resupplied, Leppert said.

In general, each monthly food distribution is attended by more people than the last, Leppert said. This may be due to Leppert’s efforts to raise public awareness of Salvation Army services. Even with money donations from residents and community churches, it’s challenging to meet community needs, Leppert said.

Food donations can be made at AC Value Center or by phoning Leppert at 907-429-6262. The pantry is in particular need of canned goods such as tuna, chicken, pasta and soup, Leppert said.

“The Salvation Army thanks you for your generosity,” Leppert said. “Together, we can get through this.”