Salvation Army's cuboards nearly bare in South Florida

Officials asking for donations to restock pantries

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The Salvation Army's cupboards are almost bare in South Florida and officials are asking for donations to help them restock the pantries.

Sally Gress told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that she's never seen the shelves so empty during her 10 years working at the Salvation Army in Fort Lauderdale.

The pantry currently only has rice and green beans available for needy families.

In Boca Raton, Salvation Army officials say they're down to vegetables and soup.

Gress, who is director of development for the agency, says they used to serve about 35 families a week.

She says the number has climbed to about 100 a week recently. She estimates they only have enough food to get through the next week.

Officials are asking individuals, churches, and groups to make donations.

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