Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

War on Hunger Asks for Food Aid ; Drive March 28 to April 11

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

War on Hunger Asks for Food Aid ; Drive March 28 to April 11

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When Sandy Appler began working at the Salvation Army on North Fulton Avenue in Evansville five years ago, she began a routine of walking through the soup kitchen. On one of her first days, she saw a young boy eating all of his peas before he even touched his cake.

"I realized in that moment that he was eating everything he could on his plate," Appler said.

She understood shortly after working at the Salvation Army that she had a passion for feeding those who are hungry.

Appler now heads the War on Hunger program for the Salvation Army. The War on Hunger allows the public to donate nonperishable canned goods at any of the five Schnucks locations from March 28 to April 11. The red kettles, traditionally used for fundraising during the Christmas season, also will make a reappearance April 11 if anyone wants to make a monetary donation. The money donated will go toward buying "skids," which are palettes of bulk food items.

"We're (the country) in a tough financial state, and Evansville is not immune to it," Appler said. "But we're blessed with generous people who see us through."

Last year's War on Hunger helped feed more than 93,061 families, Appler said.

"Full tummies help make good choices," Appler said. "Hungry people have a harder time making those good decisions."

All the food donated for the War on Hunger goes directly to the Salvation Army and doesn't leave the building unless it's with families who need it, Appler said.

The Salvation Army has a food pantry where families can get food.

On Thursday, people lined up to wait for their food.

"They line up because of fear of running out of food," said David Minks, Salvation Army major. "This helps to assure they won't."

They feed as many as 50 families per day, Minks said, and don't usually turn people away, but near the end of the month, being number 50 can be worrisome. …

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