The Salvation Army of Chattanooga’s food pantry is extremely low, and officials are having difficulty compiling food boxes for families.

“We have odds and ends, cans here or there, but barely enough to put together three full meals in a food box,” Sandy Leavell, director of social services,said. “We desperately need the community to donate food.”

Donations can be made at 822 McCallie Ave. or 2140 E. 28th St. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.


Urgent items needed include:

  • Tuna, chicken and potted meats (e.g., Spam)
  • Tuna/Chicken Helper
  • Canned soup
  • Pasta sauce
  • Pasta
  • Macaroni and cheese boxes
  • Instant potatoes/rice side dishes
  • Dry rice
  • Corn muffin or biscuit mix

A full list of accepted items can be found here.

The Chattanooga Salvation Army will only accept nonperishable food items that have not expired.

Monetary donations can be made here or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.