Salvation Army increases aid in Des Moines area

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Salvation Army says the organization is providing more groceries, meals and other help to people in the Des Moines metropolitan area.

The organization says in a news release Tuesday that it provided groceries to more than 10,200 households at two food pantries during its fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30. That’s a 10 percent increase from the previous year and a 17 percent climb from 2011.

The Salvation Army’s homeless feeding program, which serves hot breakfasts to homeless or near homeless people each Tuesday and Friday, served more than 98,200 meals in the last fiscal year. That’s up slightly from 2012, but last year’s number was 21 percent higher than 2011.

The organization helped 487 households with rent, deposit and mortgage assistance. That’s a 24 percent increase from 2012.

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