MISSION STATEMENT: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. The Salvation Army has been serving in Knox County since 1907. In addition to our church services and programs, we have a social services program and a food pantry. Our food pantry operates three afternoons per week, by appointment, to serve individuals and families in need, without discrimination. Clients are eligible to receive food from our pantry once every 30 days. Last year, we provided food assistance to 2,302 families, and we anticipate that we will see an increase in those numbers this year due to rising food costs, changes in food stamp amounts, and economic impact. We love when we are able to provide fresh produce, along with canned/dry goods and meat, in our food boxes that we distribute to families in need.
Our food pantry is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Our volunteers are assisting clients during those hours, so it would be difficult, but not impossible, to receive donations during those hours. We are closed on Fridays and Saturdays, and only open for church services on Sundays.
Please call before you come so that we can be prepared to greet you and help you unload. Please park near the garage door at the back of the building for ease of unloading. If needed, we can arrange to pick up the food from you. Our office hours are Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. If you call and get our voicemail, please leave a detailed message. Someone will call you back as soon as they are able. You may also leave a message on our Facebook page if you are trying to reach us outside of office hours.
ProducePedia is a free resource that covers the types of fresh produce that can be delivered to food pantries. Each entry includes information on color, taste, and possible uses. People unfamiliar with the vegetable or fruit will learn how to use it, and those who are familiar with it still might learn a fun fact or two!
The Cooperative Extension sites have a wealth of information for any backyard gardener. Once you go to the site (each one if very different from the others) look for a link for “homes and gardens”, “landscape”, “consumer horticulture”, etc. to find information on improving your backyard garden. Neighboring state sites may offer information your own state’s site lacks.