By Robert Barlow
The Salvation Army of Greater Rochester received a $25,000 grant, courtesy of the Walmart Foundation and the Walmart State Giving Program in November of 2016. Since receiving this grant, The Salvation Army has been able to provide almost 6,000 households with the personal hygiene items they might otherwise have had to go without. These items – including toilet paper, toothpaste, diapers, soap and deodorant – have been provided through the Salvation Army’s Emergency and Family Services Program (EFS).
“Corporate support is so important to the work we do,” said Major Douglas Hart, Director of County Operations for The Salvation Army of Greater Rochester. “We are so grateful for all that Walmart continues to do for people in our community. We are humbled to be chosen to serve our neighbors with this grant.”
The Salvation Army’s EFS Program also provides food bags and food vouchers to low income families and individuals. It is the largest food pantry in the area. Other services provided by the EFS program include emergency prescription drug assistance and referrals to homelessness prevention programs.
A recently updated Special Report on Poverty from ACT Rochester found that Rochester continues to rank the highest in the nation among comparably sized cities when it comes to several categories of poverty statistics.
“The need is so great in Rochester and the resources are stretched more than ever,” said Major Hart. “We are committed to “Doing the Most Good,” for the most people we can, with the resources with which we have been entrusted.”