PAWTUCKET — With a long line down High Street and a roomful of people inside, the Salvation Army “elves” were kept busy on Thursday handing out bags of food. Capt. Persida Sanclemente expected the scene to be much the same on Friday, when the annual holiday toy distribution takes place.
Although they provide much needed food and other types of assistance for folks throughout the year, this is the busiest season for the Pawtucket Corps. As Sanclemente points out, while the food pantry provides a week's worth of groceries each month on a year-round basis to those who qualify, this month's allotment contains the provisions that will make up many families' holiday dinners. “There is a three-pound ham and real potatoes in every bag, as well as other staples like tuna fish and peanut butter,” she noted.
Sanclemente stressed that all of the people waiting for food—585 families — had pre-registered in advance. The organization simply could not properly plan for and handle the food distribution otherwise, she said. Anyone wishing to receive the monthly food assistance must fill out an application at the Salvation Army's
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