CANTON On Wednesday, members of the the Ohio Army National Guard visited the Salvation Army to help restock food pantries and to serve clients in need.

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The Guard was dispatched to the citadel at 400 Market Ave. S, in partnership with the Akron Canton Food Bank.

The ministry has increased its pantry services to twice monthly for families with children.

Linda Steinhebel, partnership development specialist with the Akron Canton Food Bank, said the Guard’s assistance has been a blessing.

“During this time of the national COVID-19 outbreak, they are here to help us get food out to the communities and to provide support to our food programs that are low on staff and need help getting food to some of our most vulnerable neighbors,“ she said. “We appreciate everything that The Salvation Army and the men and women in the National Guard are doing to serve those in this time of need.”

In addition to our pantry services, and in response to increased demand, the ministry also is offering hot lunches in a “to-go” format Monday, Wednesday and Friday at tits front entrance.

The ministry also is delivering hot meals three days a week to seniors enrolled in its Senior Center programming.

Salvation Army Major Tom Grace said the ministry has a relationship with the military that goes back to World War I.

“Having the Guard join us on Wednesday is not only an honor ... but will also assist our team in sustaining for the long haul,” he said. “The Akron Canton Food Bank is a strong partner, they are helping make it possible for our service to continue.”

Due to safety concerns the Salvation Army cannot accept in-kind donations at this time. Tax-deductible monetary donations may be sent to: P.O. Box 20249, Canton, Ohio, 44202.