Lo­cal food bank pro­vides for pets as well as peo­ple

Penticton Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

Ed­i­tor’s note: The fol­low­ing is a first-per­son ac­count by an in­di­vid­ual who is helped by the Sal­va­tion Army food bank, the re­cip­i­ent of this year’s Be an An­gel cam­paign. To do­nate, visit the Her­ald of­fice at 101186 Nanaimo Ave. W. be­tween 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day, or visit www.pen­tic­ton­her­ald.ca.

The Sal­va­tion Army is grate­ful to pet stores in our com­mu­nity that so gen­er­ously do­nate pet food. As you will read be­low, it is one of the ben­e­fits of vis­it­ing the food bank lobby.

Some peo­ple won­der why some­one on a lim­ited in­come chooses to have a pet. It is an added ex­pense on a slim bud­get. But an­i­mal lovers un­der­stand the love, com­fort and se­cu­rity that comes with be­ing a pet par­ent.

I re­cently moved from Prince Ge­orge to Pen­tic­ton.

I moved here with my son to be closer to my grand­par­ents.

When I moved here, I found that rent was way more ex­pen­sive. I am work­ing only a small amount as it is hard to get day­care for my son. So, The Sal­va­tion Army re­ally helps with food and meat and milk for my son and I.

I have a dog that I have had for eight years, and the food bank even has dog food. The Sal­va­tion Army food bank has been very good in that I can get food to feed my­self, my son and my dog.

They have been so help­ful at the food bank and the thrift stores. I have al­ways had a great ex­pe­ri­ence there, and ev­ery­one is so help­ful and friendly. They have di­rected me to re­sources to help me.

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