The Salvation Army provides many valuable services in Weyburn, with a view to helping out those who are
In a rich society like Canada, and a rich area of the province in southeast Saskatchewan, it may indeed seem odd that such a service is needed here, but the fact is, the food bank has a great demand on it to provide food to families and individuals who are in need.
It is unfortunate that a food bank is needed at all in a community with great abundance of wealth, but this is a necessary service that many single-parent and low-income families and individuals rely on just to make it through each month.
The Salvation Army has recently found themselves in the situation where there is a great need to help fill the shelves of the food bank, with a particular shortage of some food basics like pasta, pasta sauce, healthy school snacks, canned vegetables and ground beef, along with many other types of non-perishable foods.
Weyburn residents and businesses are being asked to step forward and lend the Salvation Army a hand to help fill the need that exists, and to assist residents there are some upcoming campaigns or food drives they take part in to help out; the first of these is the annual drive by employees of Canada Post, called “Stamp Out Hunger”, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28. Employees and their families will start making the rounds of the city around 9 a.m., and will fill up their vehicles with the donations, delivering them afterwards right to the food bank where volunteers will help fill up the shelves.
For this campaign, residents can leave bags or boxes with food donations in them in front of their residence or by their apartment building entrance so that the donations are visible from the street. Those who get their mail via post office boxes can deliver their donations to the post office during business hours.
This will be followed by the “Drive Away Hunger” campaign put on by Farm Credit Canada, and which involves collections through the elementary and junior high schools in the Weyburn area.
Recent numbers have shown a decrease in donations to food banks across Canada in the last year, but they have also shown an increase in clientele who use the food banks; this needs to be reversed, so that the shelves are filled with food supplies so when people need it, the food is there.