The Salvation Army in Canada

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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 […]

Help fill the plates of every hungry person

Help Fill the Plates of Every Hungry Person


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 […]


Feeding Program Serves up Hope and Dignity


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


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


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 […]

Food bank

New Cookbook Benefits Food Bank Clients


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 […]