The Salvation Army’s new perishable food recovery program in Fort St. John is quickly paying dividends for those in need in the city.
The agency collected more than 16,000 pounds of perishable food from grocery stores in July — or about 750 pounds of food per collection day that was diverted away from the landfill. That’s allowed the food bank to greatly expand its offerings to clients.
“The environment is just a lot more positive,” says Cameron Eggie, executive director.
The Salvation Army launched the program in June with the help of a $9,000 grant from Foodbanks BC, which allowed the agency to buy new fridges and red collection bins for Amanda's No Frills, Safeway, and Save-On Foods. Each night, the stores can donate produce, dairy, and protein products when reviewing their inventory each night.
The Salvation Army picks up the collection bins every morning Monday through Friday, and distributes the food to clients the same day through its food bank.
The agency is in need of more volunteers to collect, sort, and distribute the food.
To lend a hand, even for an hour, call 250-785-0506.
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