FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John branch of the Salvation Army launched a new program on Wednesday that will help more individuals seeking help to get the food they need.
Salvation Army executive director Cameron Eggie said that the organization recently received a $9,000 grant from Foodbanks BC to launch the perishable food recovery program. With the grant, the Salvation Army was able to purchase two refrigeration units, as well as wheeled collection bins that volunteers use to collect food from local grocery stores that might otherwise end up in the dumpster.
Eggie explained that Amanda’s No Frills, Safeway, and Save-On-Foods have all partnered with the Salvation Army, and upon doing inventory each day the stores will put food inside the bins that is still fit for human consumption but is close to its ‘Best Before’ date and is unable to be sold. He said that during the morning, volunteers will be collecting the donations in order to give them out at the Salvation Army food bank on 100th Ave.