Bank Gathers Food Donations After Thieves Steal From Salvation Army

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - When thieves ransacked a Shoals Salvation Army last month, it took a toll on the food supply.

Now one bank is stepping up to help the pantry stock up.

The Salvation Army in Florence helps people in three counties:  Franklin, Colbert, and Lauderdale.

The First Metro Bank also serves those counties, and as part of a bank service project, employees made it their mission to re-stock the food pantry's shelves.

“They need that food really to help folks in need and by those folks breaking in and stealing that, they were hurting an untold number of people,” said Tony Hardin, First Metro Bank branch manager of the facility on Cloverdale Road in Florence.

With this food drive, First Metro Bank customers or community members can help by donating any non-perishable items.

“Most folks looked for an opportunity to step in and help, and if it’s something as small as donating food, I think most folks are willing to do that,” said Hardin.

Salvation Army officials say, on average, three weeks of donations would be needed to replace the stolen food.  Now, with nearly three weeks left in the bank’s food drive, bank officials hope to gather nearly two-thousand items in order to give back even more than what was taken.

“Hopefully it will allow them to help those folks and not turn anyone away,” said Hardin.

It’s a community effort to help the Salvation Army keep on giving.

The canned food drive runs until September.

If you would like to donate, you can take items to any of the eight First Metro Bank locations.