This Thanksgiving season, more than 2,500 men, women, children and seniors across the province will come through the doors of the Salvation Army kitchen to receive a hot meal to celebrate, including in Abbotsford.
The Centre of Hope on Gladys Avenue will serve its annual Thanksgiving luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 5 to about 300 people. It is one of 11 meal centres across the province that will provide the free meal.
“In Abbotsford, we’re part of this massive effort to not only provide people with a nutritious hot meal, but with a sense of hope,” says local spokesperson Reg Burks, food service manager.
“What an amazing privilege it is for us as at the Salvation Army to provide this meal, a hand of friendship, and a place of community and support for those in need.”
More than 150 staff and volunteers across the province are participating. The meals are funded by the generosity of corporate partnerships and private donations from the public.
Salvation Army spokesperson Deb Lowell said a growing number of clients are employed individuals, single-parent families and seniors.
“Today, poverty isn’t always easy to see,” she said.
Bill is a 90-year-old veteran who has been coming to the Salvation Army meal centre since 1998. The meals he receives not only provide the vital nutrition he needs but they enable him to divert his limited income to other life essentials.
To support, people can make a donation by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, donating online at salvation army.ca or contacting their local Salvation Army office (604-852-9305 in Abbotsford).
Donations of non-perishable food items are also appreciated.