Help Someone Have Christmas this Year

Food bank worker in Oshawa gives client bag of food
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sidebar foodbanksFood Banks Canada has released its HungerCount 2016 report and food bank use is steadily rising. The month of December is guaranteed to be hard for many Canadians.

“Our poor economy has been the major role in food bank increases,” says Shannon Weinberger, community and family services worker for The Salvation Army in Saskatchewan. “The majority of our clients are working or receiving employment insurance, and many of our families are working two or more jobs, but it just isn’t enough to make ends meet.”

In 2015, Weinberger said the local food bank helped approximately 63 families per month. In 2016, the average has been 130 per month.

“With the increase in hydro costs and rent, disposable income is very low,” says Major Darren Wiseman, pastor at The Salvation Army in Huntsville, Ont. “The Salvation Army relies heavily on the people of Huntsville and surrounding areas to help us supply food to those in need.”

The food bank is serving an additional 20 to 30 families compared to the same time last year.

As more and more people need our help, The Salvation Army’s Christmas campaign, which provides food hampers, grocery gift cards and toys, is well underway to help bring relief, encouragement and joy.

But we can’t do it without the help of our generous donors and volunteers. With a simple click here you can help someone who is struggling to have a better Christmas.