The Salvation Army in Canada

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Ensuring vulnerable children go back to school with dignity

Ensuring Vulnerable Children Go Back to School with Dignity

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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 […]

Salvation Army combats child poverty in Congo

Salvation Army Fights Child Poverty in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Recent studies show that there are 400 million children living in extreme poverty around the world. The average person in a developing country lives on $0.78 CAD a day. This can contribute to child labour and create generational poverty traps.

          “My name is Akole. I am in the 4th Grade at Ngabidjo Primary School. After the death of my parents during the war, my uncle, who is in the military, agreed to take care of me. He brought me here […]

vulnerable youth attend Salvation Army camps

When School is Out, Salvation Army Steps In

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Toronto ON, June 25, 2015 – Summer is here and Salvation Army camps are gearing up to provide vulnerable children with the time of their life.

“Salvation Army camps provide financially accessible camping opportunities to families in need,” says Captain Rick Zelinsky, Executive Director of The Salvation Army’s Ontario Camping Ministries. “Campers often come from difficult situations and camp is an experience like no other that can change young peoples’ lives and outlook forever.”

The Salvation Army hosted its […]

How summer camp changes lives

How Summer Camp Changes Lives

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With summer just around the corner, Salvation Army camps are gearing up to provide vulnerable children the time of their life.

SalvationArmy.ca recently spoke with Captain Rick Zelinsky, executive director of The Salvation Army’s Ontario Camping Ministries, to get an overview of the many benefits that camping provides.

What is the purpose of Salvation Army camping ministries?

Salvation Army camps provide financially accessible camping opportunities to families in need. Campers often come from difficult situations and through the kindness of caring […]

Salvation Army Reduces Child Labour

How The Salvation Army Reduces Child Labour

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There are an estimated 12 million child labourers in India between the ages of five and 14. These children, robbed of their childhood, are forced to work in gruesome conditions or sold to human traffickers. 

Yakub is one of the many children who have benefitted from The Salvation Army’s Brighter Futures Children Sponsorship program in India. When children receive an education, they are less likely to fall victim to child labour. 

Due to the generosity of our donors, the lives of Yakub […]

community kitchen offers more than fruit and vegetables

Community Kitchen Offers More Than Fruit and Vegetables

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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 […]

March break camp in London, Ont., gives kids a chance to learn new skills

Salvation Army Makes the Most of March Break

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It’s March break and, across the country, Salvation Army March break camps are providing a wide-range of activities and adventures for kids that will not only create lasting memories, but give them an opportunity to grow socially, meet new friends and learn new skills.

In London, Ont., The Salvation Army’s Westminster Park Community Church is hosting a week-long literacy camp in the mornings followed by games and activities in the afternoon. Captain Tracy Savage, church pastor, says the literacy program is […]

Red Cap and anti-bullying programs help kids respond to bullying in a positive manner

Salvation Army Helps Kids Deal with Bullying

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At least one in three adolescent students in Canada are bullied and 47 percent of Canadian parents report having a child who is a victim of bullying.

On February 25, Pink Shirt Day, Canadians are encouraged to wear a pink shirt to symbolize that we as a society will not tolerate bullying.

The Salvation Army, which exists in 400 communities across Canada, takes bullying seriously.

“Programs targeted to youth, such as Red Cap (an anger management course for children) deal with […]

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 […]

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 […]