Cortland Salvation Army donates Thanksgiving baskets

Families line up outside the Salvation Army Cortland Center on Main Street (Photo provided)

Editor’s Note: This is a press release from the Salvation Army Cortland Center.

130 Cortland County families received a Thanksgiving turkey and all the trimmings at the Salvation Army Cortland Center’s Second Annual Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway on Monday, November 19th. Each family, totaling 516 individuals, received a turkey, mashed potatoes, vegetables, yams, stuffing, rolls and pie to make a hearty Thanksgiving dinner.

Funding was provided by the Ralph R. Wilkins Foundation Inc. and a generous private donor. The Salvation Army Cortland Center is located at 138 South Main Street in Cortland.

Food programs to prevent hunger are an essential part of the services at the Salvation Army Cortland Center. A Soup Kitchen is provided Wednesdays from 12:00-1:00 PM; 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.

During the month of October, the Cortland Center of the Salvation Army served 132 households and 287 individuals from its food pantry, and fed 149 households at its Wednesday Soup Kitchen, and provided a warm meal during Kids Night to 145 children.

The Salvation Army’s 2018 Red Kettle Campaign for Cortland County began on November 12th and will continue through December 24th. 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 on Facebook as well as online. 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.

The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 136 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