The Salvation Army Emergency Food Bank in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia is in dire need of non-perishable food items and supplies following post-tropical storm Fiona.
With hundreds of Glace Bay residents still without power after the storm, the food bank says people and families had to throw out the spoiled food.
The organization says many families have lost weeks of food, leaving some parents wondering how they will feed their children in the days to come.
“In Cape Breton, preparing and serving more than 3,000 meals a day has become the norm,” said Lt. Gina Haggett, spokesperson for the Salvation Army.
As power slowly returns to homes, the Salvation Army is gradually shifting its focus to community and family services, its food banks being a prime example.
“As we emerge from our emergency response, we anticipate an increase in demand at our food banks,” says Major Keith Pike, chief of the Salvation Army‘s Maritime Division.
“Some people have lost weeks of food to the power outages, and they are now turning to the Salvation Army for help.”
Due to increased demand, the Glace Bay Food Bank is running out of non-perishable food items. As a result, the Salvation Army is appealing for help.
In a press release Wednesday, the organization said it was seeking monetary donations, food donations and volunteers to help.
The Salvation Army is seeking donations for the following items:
- canned goods
- packaged cookies and wafers
- any other non-perishable food
Donations can be dropped off at 40 Union Street in Glace Bay, while cash donations can be made on the Salvation Army website or by calling toll-free at 1-866-620-0094.
The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882. The organization has since grown to become one of the largest direct providers of social services in the country.