Salvation Army distributes food packages to families in need

Salvation Army Continues to Battle Ebola Health Crisis in Liberia

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The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. The World Health Organization says for the last several weeks there has been, on average, 1,000 new cases per week.  The death rate for the outbreak is now estimated at 70 percent. The Salvation Army’s response includes: Sanitizer, gloves, mouth guards and chlorine to protect against the virus have been distributed to residents in communities where Ebola is prevalent. Food packages, including rice, beans and cooking oil, have been offered to families in particular need.

Salvation Army food bank restores some sense of dignity by letting people choose what their needs are

From Charity to Dignity

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“At the food bank, the greatest thing we can give people is choice,” says Elliott Innes, Salvation Army community and family services manager in Fort Erie, Ont. “That’s why we don’t make pre-made hampers. We let people choose what their needs are.” One in five Canadians skip meals to make ends meet and food banks have become a primary resource to combat hunger. “I’m totally humiliated after running out of food and money,” says one food bank user. “Before losing my job I always knew I was going to eat.