ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The Salvation Army is putting out a call for help.

The agency is reporting a critical shortage at two food pantries. The shelves are empty right now at the Salvation Army food pantry in O'Fallon, Mo., and we're told the situation is the same at the location in Arnold.

NewsChannel 5 and the Salvation Army is asking everyone to pitch in.

Donation barrels will go out at three area gas stations at 10 a.m. Thursday:
BP- 1104 Hampton Avenue
Mobil - 1051 Hampton Avenue
BP- 3140 OliveStreet atCompton, near the Saint Louis University campus.

Items can also be dropped off at the O'Fallon (1 William Booth Drive, 63363) and Arnold (3740 Telegraph Road, 63010) Salvation Army locations from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.

TheMuseum of Transportation tweeted they are also collecting food donationsFriday. They will deliver donations Tuesday. Anyone bringing canned goods gets one free admission ticket for later use.

The O'Fallon location says they have had to turn hundreds of hungry people away this week. This is the first time in recent memory their shelves are empty.

"The cupboards are bare; they are truly bare," said Major Paul Ferguson, commanding officer for the Army's O'Fallon Community and Worship Center. "I can't remember a time since we've been here that it's been this bad."

Hundreds of local families receive food from this food pantry each month. The pantry received 20,000 pounds of donated food in June, but it went fast.

The St. Charles food pantry supplies are not yet empty, but are reaching critical leves.

Items good for donating include dry goods (pasta, rice, cereal), canned meats, boxed meals, and protein-rich foods like peanut butter.

You can also make a$10 donation by texting the word "Good" to 80888. You can also donate online All money donated stays right here in St. Louis.

Help spread the word on social media using the hash tag #StockOurShelves.

The donation barrels will be at the gas stations through Labor Day.

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