The Salvation Army is in need of donations

With the rise in the cost of living and the limited availability of options at local food banks, the Salvation Army is seeing an increase in people who are coming in asking for help.

Salvation Army officials say this time last year, within the span of a couple months, they served around 230 families. With in that same time span this year, they have had to feed over 500 families.

As the Salvation Army is seeing a drastic increase in people in need of food, there are ways you can help.

Captain Bree Barker is the Association Director of County Operations for the Salvation Army in Albany. She says if people donate money, you will be helping out two organizations. When you send in money, the Salvation Army buys food from the Regional Food Bank.

If you donate food, you are encouraged to send in items such as peanut butter, pasta, jelly, cereal and canned vegetables.

Captain Barker says anyone is welcome to stop by their Albany location on South Ferry Street.

The Salvation Army has offices in Albany, Schenectady and Troy.