High de­mand con­tin­ues for Food Bank ser­vices

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail file­photo

While the busy Christ­mas sea­son for The Sal­va­tion Army has come and gone, the de­mand for its ser­vices re­mains steady.

Cap­tain Jen­nifer Hillier of The Sal­va­tion Army in Drumheller said they met the fi­nan­cial goal over the Christ­mas sea­son, and was able to help an in­creased de­mand for their ser­vices. That de­mand con­tin­ues well into the new year.

“We still keep see­ing a lot of new faces, which is con­cern­ing be­cause we keep hear­ing that maybe things are chang­ing around and maybe the econ­omy is turn­ing. But we are con­stantly see­ing new faces com­ing to the food bank.”

She says this has been a trend over the last cou­ple of years.

“We are hop­ing at some point it will level out,” she said.

Many of the users she says have been laid off for a few months and are now pressed to ca­pac­ity, with the only op­tion to turn to the food bank.

“They are out there look­ing for jobs and are told to keep check­ing back. We want to be able to sup­port them,” said Hillier. She said they are re­ceiv­ing a steady stream of do­na­tions com­ing from the com­mu­nity. Some of the in-de­mand items in­clude the very ba­sics such as peanut but­ter, canned fruit, and juice. Non-per­ish­able cans are al­ways in de­mand.

She says one of the best ways for peo­ple to sup­port The Sal­va­tion Army Food Bank to meet their needs, look for the prepack­aged ham­pers at the gro­cery store. These in­clude the es­sen­tials to keep the shelves stocked.

Jen­nifer and Shane Hillier of the Sal­va­tion Army.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.