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New Cookbook Benefits Food Bank Clients

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In direct response to clients’ feedback about what their needs were, The Salvation Army’s food bank in Penticton, B.C. has produced a series of five cookbooks. “The cookbooks are aimed at providing people with a variety of simple recipes for goods commonly received at food banks,” says Barb Stewart, food bank coordinator. The project has been in the works for months and, in partnership with Valley First Credit Union, the Food For All cookbooks are designed to address the issue of food insecurity by providing healthy, affordable meals for people

Community Kitchen Helps Put Hope on the Table

Community Kitchen Helps Put Hope on the Table

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Darlene, 41, never expected she’d have to rely on the kindness of others for food or be forced to give up healthy choices. When her life became increasingly difficult, she called The Salvation Army for assistance. Today she is stronger, smarter and more resilient than ever. “It’s been a painful and scary couple of years,” says Darlene. “Injuries from a serious car accident forced me to leave my job as a nanny. My boyfriend became disengaged when he learned I was pregnant and both of my parents are battling Alzheimer’s

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.

Salvation Army in the News

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In Canada, The Salvation Army is present in 400 communities. The following are snapshots from media sources of The Salvation Army during the week of September 29. Regina, Sask. As Saskatchewan’s population grows and the holiday season approaches, the city’s charitable groups such as The Salvation Army are working to combat growing poverty rates. Read more. Midland, Ont. Salvation Army volunteer is the first person from this area to receive Canada’s highest award for volunteerism. Read more. Vernon, B.C. Save-On-Foods manager spent eight long, cold and wet days and nights

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How You Can Help Hungry Families This Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner and as many Canadians prepare for their traditional holiday feast, we are reminded that there is someone on almost every corner of this vast country who simply can’t afford to have a big turkey dinner. One in eight Canadian families struggle to put food on the table and, each month, close to 850,000 Canadians are assisted by food banks. “Thanksgiving is traditionally a busy time of the year for our food bank,” says Alice Wannan, Salvation Army community and family services director in Owen

Target team members help with activities at Salvation Army after-school reading program

How Corporate Partnerships Increase Resources and Effectiveness of Salvation Army Programs

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As part of its commitment to help alleviate hunger and end poverty across Canada, Target has partnered with The Salvation Army to provide healthy meal options to children across the country. “Target Canada is a critical partner in ensuring that youth in our country have access to sufficient and nutritious food,” says Major Les Marshall, The Salvation Army’s Territorial Public Relations and Development Secretary. “There isn’t a lot of food in my house,” says one Grade 5 student who receives a healthy lunch from The Salvation Army in Regina. “Sometimes

Children are the innocent victims of poverty

The State of Poverty in Canada: Five Staggering Statistics

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In Canada, people of all ages face tough realities. One in seven children goes to school hungry. About 850,000 people utilize food banks each month. At least 30 thousand Canadians are homeless on any given night. More than one in 10 children are among the homeless population. One in five Canadians is worried about being able to cover basic living expenses in retirement. We live in a nation that has one of the highest standards of living in the world, yet poverty is one of our major problems. The Salvation

Salvation Army school lunch programs combat hunger and change lives

Salvation Army School Lunch Programs Feed Minds and Change Lives

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It’s back-to-school time and, as many parents pack school lunches and snacks, we need to bear in mind that one in seven children go to school hungry. This lack of food robs them of dignity and negatively affects their ability to learn. The Salvation Army recognizes this issue and has established programs to help feed students. For example: • In St. John’s N.L., more than 100 students from St. John’s Booth Memorial and Bishops College enjoy a free lunch hosted by The Salvation Army every Tuesday; • In Abbotsford, B.C.,

Demand increases at Salvation Army food banks

Five Actions That Can Have a Lasting Impact on Hunger

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Each month 850,000 Canadians access food banks and the numbers continue to increase. Hunger in Canada is a serious issue, but there are things we can do about it. 1.      Change what you know about hunger. You could start by clicking here. http://www.foodbankscanada.ca/Learn-About-Hunger/About-Hunger-in-Canada.aspx 2.      Meet your local food bank director and get to know how the food bank operates. 3.      Raise awareness of the issue of hunger with friends, families and coworkers. 4.      Support your local food bank by donating food or money and provide encouragement and affirmation. 5.      Share

Salvation Army St. John's school lunch program provides multi-layered benefits to hungry students

Feeding Hungry Minds

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Did you know that more than one third of those helped at food banks are children and youth? These are kids who go to school on empty stomachs, whose hunger robs them of dignity and whose inadequate food supply affects their ability to learn. In Canada, one in seven children lives in poverty. The Salvation Army recognizes that poverty is a critical issue and, in 2013, provided close to 105,000 meals to children through its school feeding programs. For example, in St. John’s N.L., more than 100 students from St.