Double Your Impact to Help Canadians Affected by COVID-19

Salvation Army delivers meals to people experiencing homelessness

GivingTuesdayNow, May 5, 2020, is an emergency response to the impact of COVID-19.

“In a few short months, COVID-19 grew into a global pandemic, which has pushed struggling Canadians to the brink of despair,” says Lt-Colonel John P. Murray, territorial secretary for communications. “We are all in this together and can make a real difference through continued kindness and generosity. Today, more than ever, sufferings Canadians need our support because everyone needs an Army.”

Thanks to an anonymous donor, all donations given to the GivingTuesdayNow campaign from May 1-5, 2020, will be doubled—up to $100,000.

A recent poll of Canadians found that 41% of people don’t have enough food to eat as a result of the pandemic. That’s 12.5 million Canadians who have food insecurity right now.

 “It is an awful feeling when you have no food.”

“It is an awful feeling when you have no food,” says Lieut. Derek Kerr, who once was a food bank user. “Asking for help is a hard thing to do.”

Kerr and his team of volunteers in Goderich, Ontario, are providing meals and weekly food hampers to people experiencing homelessness.

“Our shelves are getting bare,” says Kerr. “Some small business owners who once supported us financially are turning to us for help. Due to the pandemic, our numbers are increasing and will only get higher.”

“Our shelves are getting bare.”

Since the coronavirus took hold of Canada, many of The Salvation Army’s more than 225 community and family services offices have seen more and more hungry families and individuals coming for help. In many cases as demand is high, supplies are running low.

If you’re able to make a donation of any amount during this critical time, today is the day to give.

The Salvation Army continues to provide essential services across Canada throughout the COVID-19 crisis. To donate, visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

By Linda Leigh

*Poll conducted by Maru/