This holiday season in Rockford, there will be people who won't have a single dime to feed themselves or their family. There is a way you can help.

The Salvation Army kicked off their 48th annual Food For The Needy Kickoff. Major Mark Martsolf, who is the coordinator for the Salvation Army  in Winnebago County would love to feed 3,500 families and individuals who will need assistance during the holiday season.

If you happen to see a red barrel at a local business, church, school or any other organization, then that is the barrel that is for the Salvation Army.

Before you think this is something that will go away on its own, take a look at this statistic from the Salvation Army:

"According to Feeding America, more than 48.8 million people face the threat of hunger daily in the United States. To help mitigate that threat, The Salvation Army serves more than 56 million meals to anyone in need through its many soup kitchens, sit-down meal programs, food pantries, mobile meals and community gardens."

There are hungry people right here in Rockord. Please help out and make a difference this holiday season. Find out how you can also help out with other volunteer duties here.