Vernon’s Salvation Army Food Bank is only accepting clients who make appointments. (Morning Star file photo)

Vernon’s Salvation Army Food Bank is only accepting clients who make appointments. (Morning Star file photo)

UPDATE: North Okanagan food banks feeling the pinch

Pandemic not interfeering with serving most vulnerable

Hope will continue to be spread to those who need it most despite limited supplies at local food banks.

Both Vernon and Lumby food banks are seeing a decline in donations, particular fresh products.

“Sorry folks, there are very limited quantities of produce and bread available this time,” said Melody Sanders Bosk at the Lumby food bank.

“It’s possible the food bank may go through a rough patch in the future with more and more people needing the basics they can’t find on the shelves, so please understand we will only be able to offer bare minimums until our next hamper day in April.”

Meanwhile the Cherryville Food Bank has stopped Thursday operations, but those that need food can call (250-260-0562 or 250-547-6646) to arrange pickup. Donations are still being accepted.

Vernon’s House of Hope is also feeling the pinch.

“We’re seeing a small effect here at the food bank,” said Vernon Salvation Army’s Lieut. Stefan Reid.

“Our donations from food recovery and bread and things like that, we’re seeing it diminish from our community partners.”

The Salvation Army has also postponed all programs at the House of Hope and is no longer accepting walk-ins to access the food bank.

But food hampers will be accessible by appointment by calling 250-549-4111.

“I know that there is a sense of urgency in the community,” said Reid, speaking about of the coronavirus.

“We want to continue to give hope to those who need it and make sure the most vulnerable in our community are served.”

All programs, including GROW, Building Blocks, Lunch with the Lord, Ready to Serve, Ladies Art Time and Youth Group have been postponed until further notice.

Sunday morning church services will be streamed online on The Salvation Army – Vernon Facebook page.

The Salvation Army, at 3303 32nd Ave., is closed to the public, but those needing food can call 250-549-4111 to make an appointment.

“We’re not serving coffee in the mornings, we don’t want people hanging out in the lobby like they’ve normally done.”

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