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Apr7TueThe mission to serve vulnerable members of the community continues. April 7, 2020 By Sharifa Campbell-HoggFor those experiencing homelessness and food insecurity, the COVID-19 pandemic has many without access to their most basic needs. With cafés and community centres shut down, more hungry people are out on the street looking for help.
To stop the spread of COVID-19, The Salvation Army in Williams Lake, B.C., like many others, has cancelled its meal program. However, the mission to serve vulnerable members of the community continues.
“I am grateful for the services The Salvation Army provides”
“We are serving 60-70 lunches every day from our emergency response unit located outside our community services building,” says Tamara Robinson, director of family services and community outreach. “We are also delivering food hampers door-to-door for those in need—all while following social distancing guidelines.”
Many local community members have come together to help. Dina and her husband, Allan, assist with the community feeding program. Dina, who has volunteered with The Salvation Army for 25 years, is the emergency disaster services co-ordinator while Allan, a heavy-duty mechanic, oversees the truck and all its maintenance.
“I’m happy you are still providing food, especially now”
“I am grateful for the services The Salvation Army provides,” says Danny Brewer, a 75-year-old who visits the truck for lunch. “I’m happy you are still providing food, especially now.”
Throughout these uncertain times, The Salvation Army continues to provide its essential services to the vulnerable during COVID-19. For more information or to donate, visit SalvationArmy.ca or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.