Three years after hitting the streets, the Salvation Army’s food recovery initiative in Fort St. John will continue for another year thanks to community sponsorship.
It was announced Wednesday that CDN Controls is taking the honours in supporting the program and the Salvation Army’s food truck this year, which picks up pre-packaged food and recyclables from the Site C work camp, and surplus food from local grocers.
It's helped prevent hundreds of thousands of pounds of food from ending up in the landfill since 2020.
“At The Salvation Army in Fort St. John we recognize that we are the front door to meeting many of the greatest needs in our community. Many people are struggling to afford the essentials of life like food,” said executive director Jared Braun.
“But because of support and partnerships like that which we have with the Pass the Torch initiative, we have the confidence to meet those needs and take people from the front door of vulnerability to a place of hope for their future.”
The Salvation Army began making trips to Site C in 2020 with sponsorship from Tourmaline, to address food security for vulnerable community members. In 2021, it received support from Surepoint Group and last year from Pacific Canbriam.
Jennifer Ezekiel of CDN Controls said the community was elated to carry the torch in support of the program for 2023.
“Since its inception, this initiative has been fueled by the energy industry's shared commitment to invest in the well-being of the communities where we operate,” said Jennifer Ezekiel of CDN Controls.