The Salvation Army in Newport, RI is temporarily extending its food pantry to allow individuals to visit twice a month until further notice in response to community needs, according to LT. James Bang of the Salvation Army Newport Corps.

Open to families and individuals who are residents of Newport County, the food pantry  has been a staple service of The Salvation Army in Newport for many years. Previously, customers who visited their location may “shop” the pantry once in a 30-day period. Until further notice, customers may visit twice in a 30-day period.

“Currently, many of our clients are having problems due to the recent upgrading of Rhode Island’s government support system, because of these they are not receiving what they had before. Salvation Army recognizes the needs of the community and wants to provide more food and opportunities for them to use our services,” Lt. Bang said.

The food pantry is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The Salvation Army’s Newport Corps has been a fixture of the community for 125 years. Originally established 1889, the Corps opened up on Broadway Street, but would eventually move to its current location in 1974. The Corps has experienced many changes and obstacles throughout the course of its long history, but still continues to provide a constant and consistent level of service to the community.

Salvation Army is located at 51 Memorial Boulevard, Newport, RI 02840.

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