Bells still ringing

Vernon’s food bank is continuing to look to the community for support

  • Dec. 23, 2015 8:00 a.m.

Vernon’s food bank is continuing to look to the community for support.

As of Monday, the Salvation Army had raised $332,348 or 65 per cent of its $513,769 goal.

“We are ahead of last year but we are still a long ways from a break-even point,” said Capt. Jean-Curtis Plante, adding that the target was established because that’s what is required to run the food bank in 2016.

The fundraising campaign runs until Dec. 31.

“We feel encouraged with the community support,” said Plante.

“We will find a way to maximize those contributions. We don’t feel negative at all.”

Demand remains strong at the food bank, with about 1,000 people a month accessing hampers and other services.

“Our goal is to see people healthy and help them get back on their feet,” said Plante.

Christmas kettles are located around Vernon until Thursday.

For more information or to donate, go to vernonhouseofhope.com, The Salvation Army – House of Hope, stop by 3303 32nd Ave. or call 250-549-4111.