By Pat Payton
The Salvation Army food bank is looking for both food items and financial donations.
Due to the on-going health concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a bigger demand at the local bank in recent weeks, says Major William Stanger.
“It’s starting to get busier here; we are seeing a difference,” Stanger said in an interview with the Independent on Monday of this week. “At a normal time, we would see 50 to 60 families a month. Last week, we were quite busy.”
People wishing to donate can drop off items at the food bank, located at 220 Queen Street East. “They can ring the bell downstairs and let us know they’re here,” he said. “If we’re not here, there are two donation bins at the church door upstairs. That is probably the safest place, and we check it on a daily basis.”
Food items needed
The Major says non-perishable food items needed at the present time include: canned fruit, canned tomatoes and rice. “We’re short of those at the moment.”
People wishing to contact the food bank for assistance should call 519-284-2760.
“We’re setting up appointments for people; they can come to the food bank door and ring the bell,” he says. “If they call ahead of time, we can get the food ready for them. We ask them what food items they need, and do they have any food allergies or food concerns.
“Normally, we have a self-serve system, and people can pick and choose the items they need. But because of the COVID-19, we’re not letting people into the food bank. We just hand the food to the people at the door. That way, it makes it safe for them and safe for us, too.”
The food bank also welcomes financial donations.
“There is an on-line process,” Stanger says. “Our national website is Salvationist.ca. There is a donate button on that first page. It will inform people where they want their financial donation to go. It will allow them to choose St. Marys.”
By Pat Payton