Rising Food Prices Leads to More Hunger

Posted on 18th January 2016, by SalvationArmy.ca
Rising food costs. Cauliflower selling for $7
If a trip to the grocery store seems expensive now, just wait, says CBC news. Since 81% of all vegetables and fruit consumed in Canada are imported, they are highly vulnerable to currency fluctuations and are expected to increase in price by up to 4.5 %. “With significant increases in prices we are not only  […]

Budgeting Makes Christmas a Reality

Posted on 19th November 2015, by SalvationArmy.ca
Piggy bank with Santa hat, gifts, christmas tree
Buy Christmas gifts or pay bills? This was a question Dorothy and her husband struggled with last year. Living from paycheque to paycheque, they barely made ends meet, let alone having extra money for Christmas. On the verge of bankruptcy they had to find a way to improve their financial situation or  Christmas would be  […]

Layoffs Prompt Increased Need for Help at Christmas

Posted on 13th November 2015, by SalvationArmy.ca
London, Ont., community and family services distributes toys to struggling families at Christmas
With recent layoffs in London, Ont., The Salvation Army is seeing more people requesting assistance for Christmas this year. Hundreds of low-income families and individuals in Canada will depend on The Salvation Army to celebrate Christmas. “At any time people can be hit with an unexpected crisis,” says Nancy Kerr, Program Services Manager for The  […]

Econo Kitchen Provides Budget-friendly Cooking Classes

Posted on 30th October 2015, by SalvationArmy.ca
Econo Kitchen Provides Budget-friendly Cooking Classes
When you are on a tight budget, meal planning can be a challenge. Without much grocery money you might not know where to start, but The Salvation Army’s Econo Kitchen (economic cooking workshops) in Montreal is changing that.  Every Tuesday evening and Thursday morning Diane Perron, a cook by profession, puts on her apron to  […]

Salvation Army Gives Coats to People in Need

Posted on 20th October 2015, by SalvationArmy.ca
Male recipient chooses a warm coat in Belleville, Ont.
In Canada, one in 10 Canadians lives in poverty. Having a warm coat or providing one for their child is a luxury they simply can’t afford. In Kitchener, Ont., The Salvation Army holds a coat drive to ensure that vulnerable people are warm, feel healthy and valued. Last year, 8,000 coats were given out. “After  […]

Supper for Seventy

Posted on 13th October 2015, by SalvationArmy.ca
Travis - Travis enjoys a meal provided by the Salvation Army
Monday night meals at The Salvation Army in Swift Current, Sask., create an unlikely community. “We’ve got all kinds of people from the community, across age ranges, ethnicity, income brackets,” says Captain Michael Ramsay, who helped develop the program when he served as the church pastor in Swift Current. “Sometimes you have people sitting across  […]

Seniors’ Wellness Program Enhances Quality of Life

Posted on 17th September 2015, by SalvationArmy.ca
Seniors’ Wellness Program Enhances Quality of Life at Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre Winnipeg
St. Vital in Winnipeg is a community for all nations and is home to many seniors.   Every week, seniors from the community gather at The Salvation Army Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre for games and activities that keep their minds alert and workshops that address health and safety issues such as managing arthritis, how  […]

When Life Hit Hard

Posted on 3rd September 2015, by SalvationArmy.ca
Salvation Army helps Bryon get through one more day
Byron was 18 years sober, managing mental illness and PTSD, was gainfully employed as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) and in a long-term relationship. But just when he thought things were going well, a few curveballs sent him on a downward spiral and he couldn’t see a way out.   “It was Christmastime 2013,” says  […]

Improving Lives of Vulnerable Youth

Posted on 31st August 2015, by SalvationArmy.ca
Vulnerable youth find safety and hope at The Salvation Army Barbara Mitchell Winnipeg
Winnipeg consistently has the highest rate of robbery, sexual assault, and violent crime of any large Canadian city. The Salvation Army’s Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre’s youth drop-in program not only provides a safe alternative to the streets, but its staff and volunteers are mentors who support youth, ages 13-17, when they need it most.   […]