Brittany Metz would be at her wits end if it weren't for the Salvation Army.
The 20-year-old South Charleston resident lost every bit of food she had in her refrigerator when superstorm Sandy knocked out her power.
Metz didn't just have herself to worry about. She also has a 6-month-old baby girl.
"If it wasn't for them (Salvation Army) we wouldn't have any food," Metz said.
The Salvation Army received more than 900 boxes of food for emergency distribution in the Kanawha and Roane County areas. About 128 boxes were sent to the Spencer Salvation Army thrift store at 218 Market St. Distribution will start at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
About 128 boxes were sent to Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Sissonville for distribution to the needy in that area.
That leaves about 600 boxes at the Tennessee Avenue Salvation Army in Charleston.
However, Capt. Aaron Goldfarb, area commander, hopes the food doesn't stay on the shelves long.
"We want to get this food out to people and in their refrigerators as quickly as possible," he said. "We want people to come in now to get them."
The boxes contain a "hodgepodge" of different items, including canned food and other non-perishables like cereal and pasta. Toiletries are also included.
In order to get food to those in desperate need, the local Salvation Army has relaxed its intake standards, Goldfarb said.
Typically, the Salvation Army only opens its food pantry once every three months. However, the organization has waived that timeframe and is handing out one box of food per person at the West Side location.
"We're in emergency mode so we're handing out all of the boxes starting today," Goldfarb said on Monday.
Those seeking assistance need only to fill out a simple, one-page application to receive a box, Goldfarb said.
Metz's mother, Shannon Williams, 41, of South Charleston, was very pleased that the Salvation Army had opted to begin distributing food boxes as soon as they arrived. Like her daughter, Williams lost everything in her refrigerator.
She called various charities trying to find food, only to learn that the agencies were distributing goods on their normal schedules, she said.