Salvation Army of Cortland to host first annual Thanksgiving basket giveaway

The following is a press release from the Salvation Army Cortland Center.

The Salvation Army Cortland Center will host its First Annual Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway on Monday, November 20th, by appointment only from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 2 p.m. at its Cortland Center, 138 South Main Street location. 150 families will receive a turkey, potatoes, stuffing, vegetables and all the trimmings to make a hearty Thanksgiving dinner. Funding for the Salvation Army Cortland Center’s First Annual Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway was provided by the Ralph R. Wilkins Foundation Inc. PLEASE NOTE: ALL GIVEAWAY APPOINTMENTS HAVE BEEN FILLED.

Food programs to prevent hunger are an essential part of the services at the Salvation Army Cortland Center. A Soup Kitchen is provided every Sunday from 4:00-5:00 PM; a Fresh Food Giveaway is offered at 3:00 PM on the fourth Monday of every month (except December when a special Christmas food giveaway is offered); their Food Pantry is open on weekdays, Monday and Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00-3:00PM, and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM; and warm meals are provided to children participating in evening programs. In October alone, the Cortland Center of the Salvation Army served 94 households and 235 individuals in its Fresh Food Giveaway, supplied 105 families and 217 people from its food pantry, fed 190 households and 293 individuals at its Sunday Soup Kitchen, and provided a warm meal during Kids Night to 92 children.

The Salvation Army’s 2017 Red Kettle Campaign for Cortland County began on November 10th and will continue through December 23rd. Countertop Red Kettles will be located in over 20 area establishments and the Red Kettle bell ringers will welcome customers Monday through Saturday at P&C Fresh, Price Chopper, Tops and Walmart in Cortland. The Red Kettle Campaign is also now ONLINE at All funds raised in Cortland County stay in Cortland County, helping the Salvation Army Cortland Center provide services to local children, women and men in need.

Businesses are invited to support the 2017 Red Kettle Campaign with a Countertop Red Kettle at their workplace. Individuals and community groups are encouraged to start an online Red Kettle Fundraiser at and/or volunteer as Red Kettle bell ringers. These generous actions make all the difference to friends, family and neighbors in need. Please contact the Salvation Army Cortland Center at 607-753-9363.

The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. For every dollar donated to The Salvation Army, 82 cents is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index ( For more information, go to