The recession has hit everyone hard, even individuals in Glendale. In fact, the Sacramento Bee reports the increase of individual aid by saying, “The Salvation Army’s Glendale Corps food pantry is serving 200 percent more people than it was five years ago, and this year, The Salvation Army in Southern California provided more than 182,000 individual grocery orders”.
Because there are so many in need, professional service company, ARAMARK, joined forces with Salvation Army to create a ARAMARK Building Community (ABC) Opportunity Zone at The Salvation Army Glendale Corps and Community Center. This new program will help provide individuals and families in need with healthy food and educational programs to learn how to live healthier and improve their overall well-being.
The ARAMARK employees will also help improve the Salvation Army Community Center in Glendale by providing major changes to the pantry. Since the Community Center feeds and provides groceries for up to tens of thousands of people overall, it is essential to have a food pantry that is efficient and meets their needs.
ARAMARK is also building a fitness center in the existing gymnasium. They will be repainting the walls and adding organizational shelving units for sporting equipment. They do so in hopes that the new fitness center will be welcoming to the youth and adults of the area.
While ARAMARK will accomplish all of this, they will also return frequently to pack and sort healthy foods for distribution. They will also help provide a community Thanksgiving feast for those in need. This feast is expected to feed about 300 Glendale locals in need.
These new additions really help reach out and improve the lives of all Glendale residents. If you would like to get involved, contact the Salvation Army Community Center in Glendale for more information on how to volunteer or donate.