Chilliwack comes through after call for donations and canned food

Sally Ann will be able to feed the hungry until Thanksgiving if the shelves continue to fill up

The warehouse is filling up nicely.

Salvation Army officials with the community food bank in Chilliwack are asking everyone to please keep it coming.

Chilliwack has stepped up to the desperate call for cash and canned food donations since the warehouse stock fell dangerously low a few weeks ago.

“We have received to about date 130 banana boxes of food, and about $25,000 in cash,” Don Armstrong said, community food bank coordinator at the Chilliwack Salvation Army Care & Share Centre.

That has filled up the empty pallets in the warehouse considerably.

“If we can keep this for another week, we think we will make it until Thanksgiving,” Armstrong noted.

They did well with donations at Party in the Park, and sold hot dogs, pops and chips, which brought in about $2,000.

Klassen blueberry stands around Chilliwack are accepting donations for the food bank right now, and several other businesses are assisting as well.

Local musician Trevor McDonald has been donating all the cash he’s been raising for the food bank from his guitar case, which has netted Sally Ann an amazing $2,500 to $3,000.

“So it tells you the community of Chilliwack is supportive of what we do and is on board with us,” Armstrong said.

Having several pallets worth of canned soup with pop-up lids in stock again at the warehouse, purchased with the cash donations, means they will be able to feed those living rough, and fill hampers.

Armstrong offered their heartfelt thanks and appreciation for those responding so decisively to the call to help the less fortunate.

READ MORE: The call for help


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Here is what it looked like a few weeks ago. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Progress)

Ready to eat canned food is important and they have lots in stock now, said community food bank coordinator Don Armstrong. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Progress)

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