Salvation Army Helping Give Chelsea Residents A Hand

Soldier giving food to people at a community center

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CHELSEA, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — September is “Hunger Action Month,” and in Chelsea, a joint effort is helping provide families with food insecurity a helping hand.

PriceRite’ and ‘Feed the Children’ provided about 800 families identified by the Salvation Army a 25-pound box of food and a gift card.

The event was held Tuesday in Chelsea where poverty rates are higher than in other parts of the state.

The Salvation Army’s Jeff Bailey said that everything’s gone up, and that’s why so many families need help right now. “Food costs more,” he said. “A five pound bag of rice three years ago was $5. Now it costs $14-$15 at a local supermarket, a bodega, or a mom and pop store.“

The Executive Director of the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce and a life-long Chelsea resident Jenn Hassell said this effort is just what Chelsea residents need right now. “I love the work the Salvation Army does because it helps individuals get on their feet.”

WBZ’s Carl Stevens (@CarlWBZ) reports.

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