Rotary clubs in central Vancouver Island joined forces in June to help fill the shelves at the Salvation Army.
Nanaimo (Downtown), Nanaimo North, Daybreak, Oceanside, and Lantzville Rotaries and nine grocery stores worked together to fight hunger in the community during food drives at Quality Foods, Thrifty Foods, Save-on-Foods and Fairways Market on June 15. The Rotarians held a barbecue and collected more than 226 kilograms of food and $4,000 in donations.
Summer is a challenging time for the Salvation Army’s emergency hamper program because donations tend to be lower than other months.
For four mornings a week the organization’s Community Services, located at 19 Nicol St., opens its doors to help residents. The organization has seen an 18 per cent increase in demand for services and people accessing the program come from all walks of life: families, children, working poor, unemployed, people on social assistance or living on fixed incomes such as seniors or people with disabilities.
The Salvation Army provides 3,000 emergency food hampers a year.
For more information, please go to www.salvationarmy.ca.