Food Bank and Thrift Store Services Return to Assist Tweed Residents

by chrismcgregor
Categories: Divisional News

The Salvation Army food bank and thrift store in Tweed is open to the community! Located in a century-old former cheese factory at 596 Moira Street, the historic building is now home to programs services that improve the lives of those in need.

After a three-year absence, the food bank and thrift store are now under one roof, making the services easier to access for anyone in the community looking for support or low-cost clothing and housewares.

“We can offer people empathy and dignity. This is an absolutely beautiful building, and it functions so much better. We can communicate and connect with people and get to know them much better,” says Rebekah Leach, Community Services and Thrift Store Director with The Salvation Army Belleville Citadel.

Food bank patrons can shop for their favourite foods, much like a grocery store, to ensure they get the items that suit their personal tastes and preferences.

“People are more than happy to shop for themselves, and they are overjoyed. The store has been a tremendous success and sales are through the roof, but more than that people have missed it and they are so thankful that we’re back,” Rebekah says.

Each month, the food bank assists between 150 and 200 families in a very small town. Food and monetary donations are always in need and can be dropped off at the food bank on Moira Street in Tweed.

Rebekah says plans are in the works to bring community programs into the building as well, including Messy Church and the Pathway of Hope program to support the community.

Once a week, in partnership with St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, The Salvation Army also hosts a lunch program in Tweed on Monday from 12-1. Anyone is welcome to stop by 55 Victoria North for a free lunch compliments of The Salvation Army.

To learn more about The Salvation Army or to donate to life-changing programs and services in Tweed, please visit