Posts Tagged: Hunger

Salvation Army food bank restores some sense of dignity by letting people choose what their needs are

From Charity to Dignity


“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


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

Help fill Salvation Army food banks. No one wants to know how hunger feels.

How You Can Help Hungry Families This Thanksgiving


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


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


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


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


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. 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


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.

Salvation Army programs other than food banks help communities adopt a healthier lifestyle. Image source, Thinkstock

Salvation Army Aims to Improve Nutrition


Proper nutrition is vital to human life, but some people are unable to meet this need because of financial obstacles—even in developed nations like Canada. According to the 2013 Food Banks Canada HungerCount report, 43 percent of single-person households, 25 percent of single-parent family households, and 22 percent of two-parent family households rely on food banks as their source of nutrition. The Salvation Army in Canada recognizes this issue, and has established programs other than food banks to help community members get the food and information they need to adopt a

Koodo Partners with The Salvation Army in the Fight Against Hunger


Over 150 Koodo stores across the country are currently collecting food to donate to Salvation Army food banks. From May 20-31, food items that people drop off at any Koodo location will be collected and made available to people in need in the community. “It takes a lot of money to keep those food shelves stocked,” remarks Major Velma Preston, Salvation Army Community Ministries Director. “When groups like Koodo donate food, it helps us stretch the money that we do have further.” Please visit your local Koodo store to drop