The Salvation Army is grateful to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Government of Canada for $5 million in funding as part of a $100 million investment to help organizations improve access to food for Canadians facing social, economic, and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Many of our more than 200 community and family services offices across the country have seen a rise in the usage of food banks since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Lt-Colonel John P. Murray, spokesperson for The Salvation Army. “With more and more Canadians needing our help, we are grateful to the Government of Canada for their support as we continue to deliver our life-changing services.”
An organization that has people at the core of its mission, The Salvation Army has taken unprecedented measures during COVID-19—altered its programs and service delivery—to ensure that those who rely on them for help, stay healthy and safe.
“As the world continues to change, The Salvation Army’s programs and services matter more than ever,” says Lt-Colonel Murray. “Before COVID-19, one in seven Canadians lived in poverty. I expect that a growing number of people will need our help in the weeks and months to come.
“The Salvation Army believes that everyone needs an army—to know they are not struggling alone,” continues Murray. “We want to ensure them that we are committed to providing assistance and remain steadfast in helping them meet their needs.”
About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become one of the largest direct providers of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people in 400 communities across Canada and in more than 130 countries around the world. Its community and social service activities include: hunger relief for individuals and families through food banks and feeding programs; shelter for people experiencing homelessness and support for those needing housing; rehabilitation for those struggling with addiction; long-term care and palliative care; Christmas assistance such as food hampers and toys; after-school programs, camps, and school nutrition programs for children and youth; and life-skills classes such as budgeting, cooking for a family, and anger management. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.
News releases, articles and updated information about COVID-19 can be found at www.Salvationist.ca/COVID19
A list of regional media representatives can be found at: https://salvationarmy.ca/news-and-media/media-contacts/
For further information:
Lt-Colonel John P. Murray
Territorial Secretary for Communications