The West Chester Salvation Army Celebrates Choice Pantry Pilot Program with Re-Grand Opening of Manna from Heaven Pantry
This past Friday, the West Chester Salvation Army hosted a dedication ceremony and open house to celebrate a huge honor. This organization reached pilot pantry status under the Chester County Food Bank Best Choice Incentive.
Manna from Heaven Pantry
On Friday, the Salvation Army welcomed community members to the new Manna from Heaven Pantry. People were able to explore everything they have to offer. This organization has been providing food assistance to the community for 30 years. The re-opening of this pantry is only another way they help. Instead of receiving pre-bagged food, the pantry’s choice format gives clients more options. Individuals are able to take a cart and browse through aisles, picking out what they want and need. They can select anything from food to personal care items. On top of all this, the Pilot Program is supplying healthier options. Selections include whole grain, produce and other selections to help community members live a healthier lifestyle.
“Nutrition experts say when incomes drop and family budgets shrink, food choices shift toward cheaper but more energy-dense foods. The first items dropped are usually the healthier foods, such as high-quality proteins, whole grains, vegetables and fruit. Our new choice pantry provides families in crisis with healthy food and meal options, and builds trust and self-esteem” says Lt. Maria Corraliza, Co-Commanding Officer at the Salvation Army of West Chester.
The Salvation Army of West Chester
The Salvation Army is a faith based human service organization that is dedicated in serving their community lead better lives. Of the 19,842 residents in West Chester, over 5,000 live below the poverty line, according to the US Census Bureau. That means one of four people are living a less fortunate life. That is were this organization comes in. They are committed in their work to help these community members live a better live by providing a variety of programs. These programs include house and shelter, food assistance, rent assistance, after school programs and more.
There are always ways to help this amazing organization. From volunteer work to donations, the Salvation Army is always looking for a helping hand. Click here to see how you can help your community today!