Penticton Food Bank Helps Out 800 People During September

10/5/2012

The Salvation Army in Penticton helped almost 800 people last month but they didn't have to turn anyone away because of a lack of food.

Christine Simmons the Communities Ministries Director says they saw an increase of new clients in the month of September.

"We provided 342 food hampers, well over 300 families and we did see an increase of 76 new clients having to come to us."

Simmons says with the temperatures dropping off in the over night hours they are always looking for warm clothes and blankets.

She adds that they are always looking for donations, but especially around this time of the year.

"Our shelves are not as bare as they have been in some years. We've had a couple of food drives that have taken place for us during the month of September. However we expect to be fairly busy between now and when the major food drives start in December"

Donations made in Penticton help support those in need all over the South Okanagan from Penticton to Osoyoos down to Princeton.

Anyone interested in donating can do so in person at 2399 South Main Street from 8:30 AM until 4 PM Monday to Friday.

Or you can make financial donations online at www.salvationarmy.ca.

Anita Sthankiya -Penticton

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