The Central Okanagan Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to help with a project to assist low income people and families.
The food reclamation program will provide the food bank with access to donated groceries like meat, frozen food, dairy, fruit and produce that are still safe to consume, but can no longer be displayed in stores.
“We’ve been blessed with this opportunity,” says Sonia Withers, Community Ministries Coordinator. “This concept has been on the table for years and we’re thrilled that FoodMesh and local grocers have come alongside us to make it happen.”
“Pilot projects that have run in other communities over the past year have proven to be a huge success, and we’re optimistic that it will continue to grow…but we need the community to get involved. We provide support to 100-150 families every week and we’re thrilled at the prospect of being able to help even more.”
Volunteers are needed to help with sorting, gleaning, pick-up and delivery of the donations.
“In order for the program to be a success The Salvation Army will need a minimum of four volunteers, Monday through Saturday for tasks such as kitchen gleaning, sorting/recycling, distribution, as well as drivers for pick-up and delivery of the donations. These roles would require a three-hour commitment.”
If you want to get involved as an individual, family, service club or business, you can attend an information session on Wednesday, January 16, 6-7 pm at the Community Life Centre, 200 Rutland Road South.
To sign-up for the information night, contact Angela (Volunteer Coordinator) by calling 250-860-2329 x333 or email email@example.com.