To the Editor:
On Nov. 24 at my church, one of the members’ who volunteers at the DeKalb Salvation Army Food Pantry informed us about the 50 percent drop in donations at the food pantry.
Many people were shocked to hear this news because the DeKalb County Salvation Army Food Pantry is the largest in the county and gets many donations each month. Along with this news, many asked how they could help and what could be done to bring the percentages back up.
The answer was simple: Donate more food. Sadly, many people take for granted the food and resources that they have. People don’t stop to think about how many people are homeless and are starving.
The fact that the donation percentages dropped is discouraging. DeKalb Salvation Army Food Pantry serves more than 2,000 people a month. Many of them are families in need of food.
Many people rely on the food pantry for food to make it through their everyday lives, especially at the end of the month, would appreciate increased donations. The community should think more about families in poverty.
In November, the week before Thanksgiving is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. This is the perfect opportunity to help people in need; especially during the holiday season, but also at any time. I highly encourage the community to get involved in this awareness week next year.
In the meantime, I want people in the DeKalb and Sycamore communities to know that there are people in need and that they should participate in donating. I hope that many people who read this letter will become inspired to donate and make a change in many people’s lives.
For information on how to donate to the Salvation Army DeKalb County Food Pantry, contact Gary Billings, the food pantry coordinator, at 815-756-4308 or visit the website for information.
Eighth-grader at Sycamore Middle School