(Above) Francis and Ken Manning are two dedicated volunteers who serve at the Salvation Army in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

With social distancing and safety as a top priority, The Salvation Army is working to come up with unique ways to meet the ongoing needs of communities across the territory.

In Cape Breton, Nicole Maclean, family services coordinator, found a creative way to keep their community food bank operating in Sydney, N.S.—a drive-up window. This solution allows for proper social distancing, while ensuring the safety of clients, volunteers and front-line workers.

“People can drive or walk up to the window to be served,” explains Major Corey Vincent, who oversees The Salvation Army in Sydney, N.S. “We only allow representatives from each family to come up and we have tape on the ground to remind people the importance of social distancing.”

When a client drives up to the window, MacLean is there to ask what their needs are. Then, two dedicated volunteers, who are a married couple, prepare the box of food and necessities and place it outside the door for pick-up.

“This method allows us to serve our clients at no risk to our staff or volunteers,” says Vincent. “Our clients are thanking us for staying open and taking the necessary precautions.”

The Salvation Army continues to provide essential services across Canada throughout the COVID-19 crisis. To donate, visit SalvationArmy.ca or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY

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