Food drive on Saturday
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The annual Thanksgiving food drive is on Saturday and the timing couldn’t be better.
Organized by the Vernon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, people can leave food in bags on their front steps to be picked up and donated to the Vernon Salvation Army Food Bank.
Last week, the church provided paper bags for people to put food in.
Neil Thompson of the Salvation Army said the shelves are not empty, but supplies are stretched.
Thompson said the food bank saw a substantial increase in the number of people needing help during the height of COVID, and those numbers haven’t come down much since, which has increased the demand on the food bank.
Over the past three months, the Salvation Army Food Bank has provided 766 food baskets, as well as clothing vouchers.
140 new households accessed services and over 100,000 pounds of food in baskets and around 20,000 pounds of food were distributed through walk-in services.
Thompson said staple items like canned beans, pasta, cereal and the like are “always so useful because they stock shelves for months.”
Thompson said supplies have “been a little low lately. We managed to get by, but definitely a bit lower than we would like to see.
Donations, including financial contributions, can be made to Salvation Army at any time.