Senior Food Delivery Program Expanded to Help Those in Need

by Maritime
Categories: 2020, News Archive

In June of 2019, The Salvation Army in Fredericton launched Operation Senior Food Box Delivery – a program to bring groceries to seniors and help combat their loneliness with a visit. Little did they know this thoughtful program would have to quickly expand to help those impacted by COVID-19.

“We’re delivering food to anyone who needs it right now,” says Susan Strickland, family services coordinator. “And our deliveries have gone up four times.”

“Everyone stays safe”

Due to protective measures being put into place, many who typically visit the food bank by bus, or get a ride with a friend, no longer have transportation to the food bank location. So the team decided to extend their senior program and offer the delivery of food and household items to all.

“When someone is in need, they call our office and we prepare the box. Then volunteers drop it off at their doorstep or the curbside,” explains Susan. “This way everyone stays safe and there is no contact.” 

While the program has expanded, seniors in particular still benefit as many are afraid to leave their homes due to their level of vulnerability. 

“One elderly lady told me she was scared to go out. I can’t even imagine what that’s like,” says Susan. “Another left us a voicemail just to thank us again. It shows how necessary this service is.” 

“We’re going to help regardless of the situation”

In the first seven month of the program volunteers made 28 deliveries. But in the past three months alone they have delivered more than 45 food boxes.

“We started at once a month now we’re making two deliveries a month, but I can see that going up to weekly in the near future,” explains Susan. “The need increases every single day.”

Once the pandemic ends, they plan to continue to run Operation Senior Food Delivery and resume the senior visits. But for now, they will continue to meet the increased need in the community.

“We’re in the business of helping people. So we’re going to help regardless of the situation.”

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: Angela Rafuse