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Salvation Army donation center in Ogden to close; food pantry will remain

By Jamie Lampros - Special to the Standard-Examiner | Aug 1, 2023

Nick Short, Standard-Examiner file photo

Claudia McKay, of Ogden, rings a bell to attract donations at a Salvation Army post outside of Walmart in Harrisville in 2005.

OGDEN -- The Salvation Army Family Store and Donation Store is closing its doors after serving Ogden for more than 30 years. But don't panic -- the nonprofit organization isn't going anywhere.

"We want people to know we're not leaving Ogden or Northern Utah. We're just focusing more on the social services we provide," said Capt. Jacob Bratton, corps officer of business administration at The Salvation Army Ogden Corps. "We've decided to focus on strengthening existing programs and services that community members have come to rely on in Northern Utah. Because the thrift store hasn't been doing as well as we would like, our focus is going to be to push the funding back into our pantry services."

Bratton said there are still several thrift stores in the area where people can do their shopping, such as Deseret Industries, Savers and Goodwill.

The pantry will remain open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for families to collect food. Bratton said meals are prepared based on the size of families as well as diet needs and limitations. The food is free and includes fresh produce and canned goods.

"We also still have our to-go meals for breakfast and lunch, and those will continue to run from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday," he said.

Bratton said the organization in Ogden provides over 30,000 to-go meals each year and prepares food for over 10,000 people on a yearly basis.

The Community Service Center provides a number of social services, with a focus on helping children. Another goal of the Ogden Corps is to serve as a resource for families facing a financial crisis, providing funding for critical living expenses such as energy bills, medication vouchers, clothing and hygiene items.

The Family Center and Donation Store, located at 2615 Grant Ave., will remain open until Sept. 30.

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