The Washington Salvation Army’s Love in a Backpack program

Mar 4, 2021 | by Western Pennsylvania Division

When Amy lost her job as a school van driver due to the COVID-19 pandemic, her triplets were suddenly being home-schooled full-time and she knew she needed help to keep them from going hungry. With the support of The Washington Salvation Army’s Love in a Backpack program, Amy found the help she desperately needed as a single mother. 

“It’s such a relief knowing that my kids will have food if I cannot provide for them right this minute,” she said. 

The Washington Salvation Army set up mobile food pantry sites to extend its Love in a Backpack program when schools closed due to the pandemic. In 2020 alone, The Washington Salvation Army provided 32,000 bags of food for families in need through the Love in a Backpack program. Today, our efforts continue as people continue to grapple with the financial impacts of the pandemic. 

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