The Minnesota Salvation Army saw a record number of people visiting their food pantries last year. Spokeswoman Angel Fields Mitchell says they are preparing for another high demand year amid the on-going COVID-19 pandemic:

“One in four workers here in Minnesota are laid off or furloughed still through the pandemic and we believe that the need for food will be the greatest need along with shelter throughout 2021 and maybe even 2022.”

The Salvation Army reports 40% of people visiting their food pantries last year had never visited one before.