For the second year in a row, Salvation Army Thrift Stores in Canada will collect non-perishable food to help support local food banks. The Open Your Hearts & Your Cupboards campaign official kicks-off on October 24th and will run through to December 31st.
Collection bins will be positioned at 110 Thrift Stores across Canada ready to be filled with nutritious and desperately needed food for families such as canned meat and vegetables, pasta, cereal, peanut butter and baby formula.
Thanks to the overwhelming support and generous donations from Thrift Store customers and business supporters, last year’s food collection in Central Ontario alone netted 320 shopping carts of food donations, equivalent to 160 large collection bins.
This year, the national goal will be to fill 1000 shopping carts (500 collection bins).
“With Christmas around the corner, this is a time when our Salvation Army food banks see an increased demand for food supplies,” says John Kershaw, Managing Director of The Salvation Army National Recycling Operation.
“We know our food collection campaign is an effort that will help tremendously and that’s why we’ve decided to target this campaign nationally to stock the shelves of food banks in communities nationwide.”
As Salvation Army food banks continually strive to provide clients with healthy food, donors are encouraged to give nutritious food donations.
For more information on participating Thrift Store locations and hours, please visit www.thriftstore.ca.