The Columbus Salvation Army has launched a to-your-door food pantry delivery program for monthly grocery clients who cannot visit its local office due to illness, disability or the fact that they are a shut-in resident.

“Bags of Hope, launched Wednesday, relies on volunteers using their own vehicles and covering their own gas costs, Capt. Alan Sladek said. He and his wife, Capt. Jodi Sladek, operate the social service outreach and local church at 2525 Illinois Ave.

Currently, the Salvation Army serves nearly 1,000 people per month at its pantry, the Sladeks said. Though Bartholomew County residents in need can now visit the pantry twice monthly, the home delivery program can handle only once-per-month deliveries, they said.

There are no income guidelines for any pantry assistance, the Sladeks said.

Information: 812-372-7118.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.