The charity of the Salvation Army in Dodge City continues to strive to provide for those in need during a time when the giving nature of human beings matters most.

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The charity of the Salvation Army in Dodge City continues to strive to provide for those in need during a time when the giving nature of human beings matters most.


Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Salvation Army closed the doors to its lobby and the thrift store, but people are still able to use the food pantry by calling ahead and making an appointment to request a food box.


These food crates can feed a family of four up to a week, if properly utilized, and can be picked up at 1100 Avenue E. The Salvation Army does deliver to people who are unable to leave their homes.


According to the Dodge City chapter’s Capt. Robert Davila, these boxes originally only went to the elderly, but after a week, the Salvation Army began to make the boxes available to people who were laid off or otherwise unable to work because of COVID-19 complications.


“But now, presently, we are open to anybody that is with a rough situation,” said Davila.


Davila said the Salvation Army foresees an increase in need in the next three weeks and is working to prepare for that.


The Salvation Army also intends to open an assistance program that will help people pay for their utilities.


By May 18, the Salvation Army hopes to be able to have a monthlong meal program for first responders.


While the Salvation Army can provide people with the resources available now, staff knows in the future, they will need more for the days to come. They are welcoming any food donations.


With the thrift store closed and it being the main source of means used to pay employees, the Salvation Army will ask for volunteers when the time comes.


“Right now, the focus is to look out for the needy, the people that need food, and right now that can be anyone,” said Davila. “There’s a lot of people living check by check right now.”


To request a food box or for those wanting to know how they can help, call the main office number at 620-225-4871 and request social worker and emergency disaster coordinator Elizabeth Sotelo.