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Econo Kitchen Provides Budget-friendly Cooking Classes

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 assist young and old in the preparation of three budget-friendly recipes.

“The Econo Kitchen workshops allow participants to not only bring a dozen meal servings for the […]

Salvation Army Provides Nutritious Food to Hungry Children

Salvation Army Provides Nutritious Food to Hungry Children


One in seven Canadian children goes to school hungry. This shouldn’t be the case in one of the world’s wealthiest nations and The Salvation Army in Abbotsford, B.C., is providing a solution.

“The goal of The Salvation Army’s Pantry34 program is to ensure that all youth in Abbotsford have access to healthy, nutritious snacks and beverages at any time of the school day,” says Nate McCready, Community Ministries Director for The Salvation Army. “Staff assemble food and beverages into large re-usable […]

Malawi child faces hunger

The Salvation Army Fights Hunger in Malawi


Funwe Villages in Malawi provide an example of the negative impact food scarcity plays in the developing world. Several years ago, when their parcel of land was sold for redevelopment, the villagers were taken by trucks for resettlement in an area without housing, schools, hospitals or markets.   

Years later, with faith and a lot of hard work, the seven small villages have grown into a place where people call home. However, there are still […]

Travis - Travis enjoys a meal provided by the Salvation Army

Supper for Seventy


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 the table, who have been living in the same community for 50 years, and that’s the first time they’ve actually carried on a conversation.”

Swift Current’s Monday […]

Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner

Salvation Army Serves up Food and Dignity


Thanksgiving is just around the corner and many of us will sit down to a traditional Thanksgiving feast. But, for vulnerable people such as low-income earners, the elderly on fixed incomes and people experiencing homelessness, Thanksgiving is a day where limited food and lack of money and resources is even more obvious.

“Four million Canadians are food insecure with many not knowing where their next meal will come from,” says Major Les Marshall, Territorial Public Relations and Development Secretary. “Whether it’s […]

Salvation Army helps Bryon get through one more day

When Life Hit Hard


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 Byron. “My girlfriend and I split up. Then my mom, who suffered with dementia, had two strokes and was put in a nursing home. For the […]

Ensuring vulnerable children go back to school with dignity

Ensuring Vulnerable Children Go Back to School with Dignity


Back-to-school season is a time of excitement and fun for many kids. But for those living in poverty— which includes 600,000 Canadian children—back-to-school can come with worry and embarrassment.

School Feeding Programs

Across Canada, one in seven kids go to school hungry. As the price of food continues to rise, more and more families on fixed or limited incomes are facing food insecurity.

From coast to coast, The Salvation Army provides more than 100,000 meals annually to children through its school feeding programs.

Kids […]

Molly maid assists with Salvation Army food shortage

MOLLY MAID Assists with Salvation Army Food Shortage


MOLLY MAID’s Christmas in July Food Drive raised 2,120 pounds of food that will assist in replenishing Salvation Army food banks across the country.

“Four million Canadians are unsure of where their next meal will come from,” says Major Les Marshall, Territorial Public Relations and Development Secretary. “Many parents are even skipping meals so that they can feed their children. People from all kinds of backgrounds are turning to our food banks.”

Statistics reveal that more than 918,000 Canadians will access the […]

Faces of Poverty

Photo Essay: Faces of Poverty


Poverty is not only found in the developing world—it affects three million Canadians, including 600,000 children. The images shown here have been captured by The Salvation Army and give a peek into the lives of those impacted. To access the photo gallery, click on any picture below.

community kitchen offers more than fruit and vegetables

Community Kitchen Offers More Than Fruit and Vegetables


Every Monday at The Salvation Army’s Community Kitchen in Parry Sound, Ont., individuals, families and youth with low income, are building confidence and skills that enable them to stretch their tight budgets, avoid hunger and make healthy choices.

“I love this group,” says class attendee, Kelly. “It’s lots of fun.”

"I don't have access to a computer or recipes," says Teresa, another participant. "The class helps me eat healhty on my tight budget."

The Community Kitchen is a collaborative between The Salvation Army […]