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Help fill the plates of every hungry person

Help Fill the Plates of Every Hungry Person

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Hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation and, from May 2-8, 2015, Food Banks Canada is calling on Canadians to help fill the plates of every hungry person this summer.

Statistics reveal that more than 918,000 Canadians will access a food bank this summer, 37% of those users being children.

As many as one in seven Canadian children go to school hungry. Last year The Salvation Army provided more than 100,000 meals to children through its school feeding programs.

“Sometimes there is nothing in [...]

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Feeding Program Serves up Hope and Dignity

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For over a decade, The Salvation Army in downtown Halifax has provided free meals on Monday evenings to people with low incomes or who are experiencing homelessness.

“Social assistance isn’t enough for me to live and feed myself,” says Neil, 64, who has been coming to the program for two years. “The Salvation Army helps me eat, and eat well.”

For many people living in poverty, a hot and nourishing meal often takes a back seat to paying the rent and utilities.

“The [...]

Nicole visits The Salvation Army food bank that reduces her pressures of daily life

Hunger Relief for Low-Income Family

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Imagine pawning your deceased mother’s wedding ring to pay bills, taking out loans to feed your children, or contemplating putting a lock on the refrigerator to make groceries last as long as possible.

“That’s what being poor is,” says Nicole, mother of eight. “And it doesn’t feel good.”

Nicole is one of 850,000 Canadians assisted by food banks each month. According to Food Banks Canada, food bank use near record levels and 36 percent of those helped are children and youth.

“The Salvation [...]

Salvation Army provides encouragement and support tp people who call a hotel room home

Sandwiches That Save

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He peers into the crack of an open motel room door. It’s approaching four o’clock in the afternoon and a man, lying on a sofa in the far corner of a space no larger than a small bedroom, is shirtless, his arm limp and stretched across the side of his face.

“Hello,” calls out John Phipps, a volunteer with The Salvation Army in Niagara Falls, Ont.

The man doesn’t move.

John steps into the motel room, one hand holding a tote filled with [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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.

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Midland, Ont.

Salvation Army volunteer is the first person from this area to receive Canada’s highest award for volunteerism.

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Vernon, B.C.

Save-On-Foods manager spent eight long, [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]