Salvation Army food bank in need of donations

Salvation Army logo. (Photo by Matt Weverink)

The Salvation Army continues to serve Chatham-Kent during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it needs the community’s help.

The food bank is considered an essential service so it’s still open, but there have been some changes.

“We’ve had to change how we process people coming through the door,” said Captain Stephen Holland. “Everything is by appointment, we keep our distance, sanitize everything. Try to keep our staff safe, and our clients safe. We try our best to meet the needs of our community.

But with layoffs and unemployment, Holland said demand for their food bank is up.

“Last week was a little slower because most people received their cheques and their GST, so it was a little bit slower last week. But the week before that and this week already, it’s starting to get fairly busy.”

That means they’re in need of food donations.

“We have a warehouse where we store food in Wallaceburg. I was out there yesterday, and they have pasta and a few minor things, but very empty,” said Holland. “So what we’ve been doing is trying to buy our stuff. We can’t do our bulk buys like we would normally do because the grocery store can’t provide that for us right now, so we’ll go out and get what we can.”

Meanwhile, the Salvation Army Thrift Store in Chatham is currently closed, and Holland is asking residents to not drop anything at the location.

“Right now, nothing should be dropped off to us because it’s only going to go in a dumpster, and it makes a mess in our community. We don’t have staff on site. So until we open our thrift stores, nothing should be dropped off at our centres at all.”

Before dropping off a donation, call the Salvation Army at 519-354-8353 to set up a time, or CLICK HERE for more information.