Volunteers at the Salvation Army were kept quite busy Saturday for the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive For The Food Bank Day.
Roughly 14 thousand pounds of food was donated to the local Salvation Army, including 565 dollars in cash donations says Tony Towers with the organizing team. “It’s a drop of about four thousand pounds from last year, but we do still expect more donations to come in over the next couple of weeks,” he said.
The target this year was to raise 20 thousand pounds of food, but Executive Director of the Salvation Army, Captain Neil Wilkinson, says he’s extremely happy with the community support. “It’s with the volunteers help that we’re able to do what we do, it’s not a Salvation Army thing at all, it’s just great to see people from all walks of life coming together to sort through the food and process the food,” he said.
Collecting food by the forklift and sorting through bag after bag, a food donation of this size is expected to last about eight to nine weeks. Wilkinson says demand for vulnerable families still remains high. “We’ve seen upwards of 15 hundred families each and every month coming into the food bank, which is absolutely staggering numbers,” he said. “Now those are just family members so by the time we translate that out to actual individuals, we’re serving between three and four thousand people through the food bank.”
If you would like to donate, you can do so at the Salvation Army located on 18th Avenue.