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Nelson's food banks working to protect most vulnerable neighbours

By Contributor
March 24th, 2020

As Covid-19 continues to impact our community, Nelson’s food banks are working to protect our most vulnerable neighbours.

Over the past two weeks, while most businesses are seeing a decline in customers, service providers are seeing an increase.

As more and more businesses are forced to close their doors and lay people off, the demands on programs and services will increase.

“What we are seeing right now is unprecedented,” says Lt. Michelle Cale of The Salvation Army’s Community Food Bank. 

“There is a rise in groups of individuals and families accessing services in our community, some for their first time.  Cale adds, “We want our community to know we are all ready to support you with open access to service.” 

“To date, we’ve been able to meet the demands because of the on-going generosity of our community, but we will not be able to keep this pace for much longer, without increased support . . . supplies are reaching dangerously low levels for our local food banks, says Cale.

While we all rely on community partners and the government to get through these difficult times, we are also asking for the general public’s help:

  • Make non-perishable food donations: canned proteins, soup, vegetables/fruit/peanut butter/pasta & sauce/oatmeal/bottled water & juice boxes/granola bars/tea & coffee
  • Make hygiene donations: soap (bar or liquid pump)/feminine products/toilet paper
  • Drop off donations at The Salvation Army Monday, March 23 – Friday, March 27 from 10-5 (601 Vernon Street, former Thrift Store entrance) Donations will be shared among food banks.
  • Call 250-352-9819 for information & contact-free pick-up’s (front porch/home entrances)

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