EL PASO — Over 70 thousand meals were served to El Paso's homeless this year by the Salvation Army, according to orgazniation officials.
This was in comparison to the 57,923 meals served during the same time period in 2011. The meals were provided to homeless adults and families attending the food services program in the Red Shield Family Center located at 4300 E. Paisano.
"Many people in El Paso are having a difficult year due to the ongoing economic recession, which meant a record number of individuals came to The Salvation Army to call upon our services and help," said Mike Morton, El Paso Area Commander.
Additionally, leaders said the Salvation Army registered a 53 percent increase in nights of lodging for homeless individuals and families.
The Salvation Army is calling upon the community to consider donating money, food or re-saleable items to help us meet the needs of hundreds of people for months to come. With a $20 donation an individual can be lodged and fed 3 times a day.
Through every meal served, coat provided, heart rehabilitated, and Christmas gift supplied, The Salvation Army strives to empower individuals in need to secure a better future.