Campaign helps curb hunger

Vernon’s Salvation Army food bank is participating in the Give It Up for Hunger campaign from Monday to Friday.

Vernon’s Salvation Army food bank is participating in the Give It Up for Hunger campaign from Monday to Friday.

The campaign is being held as part of Hunger Awareness Week, a week-long initiative that challenges Canadians to learn more about the issue of hunger, the important work of food banks and to take action.

“In the Vernon and Enderby Salvation Army food banks, the rise in need is represented by seeing an additional 123 new households accessing the food bank so far this year, with more than 450 households being assisted  just this past month,” said David MacBain, community ministries director.

“The percentage of children unfortunately continues to be a considerable 31 per cent of those we serve.”

All across the country, Canadians are being encouraged to Give It Up for Hunger during Hunger Awareness Week.

What does giving it up really mean?  It’s as easy as three simple steps:

Give It Up – On Wednesday, Canadians are being asked to understand what it’s like to have food out of reach by fasting for a day and giving up breakfast, lunch and dinner

Give a Shout – Share your experience by going online to show your support.  Like the Salvation Army-Vernon and Enderby, BC page on Facebook, and follow on Twitter at  https://twitter.com/VernonSalArmy

Give It Out – Donate food, funds or your time to the Vernon Salvation Army food bank.

Two local events in the community that residents can support are:

1) The Extra Helping spring food campaign at the Real Canadian Superstore and Wholesale Club until Friday.

2) Vernon Yacht Club’s Fill the Boat today as it celebrate its 60th anniversary.

“Throughout the week, we plan to have hunger awareness facts, ideas and solution related conversations on Facebook and Twitter,” said MacBain.