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Salvation Army sees dwindling supplies


For seven years Carol Kubik of Iowa City has been coming to the Salvation Army.

"They'll help you out.  They'll do anything they can help you with," Kubik said.

From eating a hot meal every night, to having a place to do laundry, Kubik says she doesn't know what she'd do without the charitable services she's provided.

"I'd be lost, honestly, I would."

But now the Johnson County Salvation Army she depends on is facing difficulties of its own.  As the summer months near, supplies are drying up and shelves normally stocked with food, are bare.

"The reality is we're facing some challenges over the summer that without continued support, we'd have to make some decisions about service," said Captain Terry Smith with the Johnson County Salvation Army.

Smith says this is the most depleted he's seen supplies in the ten years he's been in Iowa City.

He believes the local donations are down in part because these dollars are going to places outside the area desperately in need.

"This year has been a little more difficult for us just because of the devastating effects of all the natural disasters throughout our country and Japan," Smith said.

Yet, the Salvation Army is having to figure out how to do more with less.  The number of meals and food boxes provided is expected to increase by 10 percent from the summer months of 2010.

"It's a growing need, with folks moving into the community, others struggling financially so any support that can be provided by the community is helpful at this time," Smith said.

It's a sign of the challenging times many are still facing, and the role the surrounding community plays in helping them through.

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