A donation of 17 tons of peanut butter helps multiple agencies continue COVID 19 relief efforts.
ORLANDO, FLA – (April 24th, 2020) The Salvation Army of Orlando is teaming up with the Osceola Council on Aging to pack 2,500 containers of peanut butter, Monday, April 27th. From 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., while following safety and social distance guidelines, dedicated staff and volunteers will meet at 700 Generation Point in Kissimmee, Florida, to begin this project. It will go to support the senior citizens and individuals experiencing hardship in Osceola County. Likewise, it will stock the food pantry at The Salvation Army Osceola Service Center, the only one-stop emergency resource center in the county.
Every week, The Salvation Army Osceola Christian Service Center serves 300 to 600 individuals through its food pantry. Non-perishable items like peanut butter are essential to our pantry as we aim to include nutritious foods in every grocery bag we distribute. “This donation of protein will bring hope to those who have lost their hope. We are so excited to partner with the Osceola Council on Aging,” said Captain Ken Chapman, Area Commander of The Salvation Army of Orange & Osceola Counties.
The Osceola Council on Aging is Osceola County’s largest social services organization that provides a wide array of services and programs to meet the needs of the community. Through this partnership, our relief efforts can reach the vulnerable families and individuals impacted by this pandemic. “The Osceola Council on Aging has been serving 500 to 700 families weekly through our food pantry. The donation of peanut butter is a great source of protien and will benefit many families during this pandemic. Our agency would not be successful without great community partners like The Salvation Army; they are a blessing to Osceola County,” said Wendy Ford, President, and CEO of the Osceola Council on Aging.
Thanks to a donation of 34,000 pounds of peanut butter by Star INC. multiple agencies can continue to relieve families and individuals during these unprecedented times. As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, The Salvation Army of Orange & Osceola Counties relies heavily on donations to maintain our operations. To learn about our donation needs or to make a monetary contribution, please visit our website salvationarmyflorida.org/Orlando.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.
About Osceola Council on Aging
Created in 1971, the Osceola Council on Aging, Inc. is the largest social services organization in Osceola County, providing a wide array of services and programs to meet the needs of our community. Though the name implies services for just the elderly, its scope of services extends to families as well, helping during crisis to enable generations of residents to cope with challenges.
Majorie Pierre, Public Relation & Marketing Manger
The Salvation Army Orlando Area Command