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Salvation Army: big demand for food parcels

A sharp increase in the number of families short of food and other necessities was highlighted by the Salvation Army yesterday

The charity said there had been an increased demand for “food, shelter, cleaning supplies and staffing” over the last six weeks of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Demand at food banks has rocketed by 267 per cent since March 23.

The charity said 544 first-time users were among the 868 families helped.

The Salvation Army extended operations at its Pembroke shelter to 24 hours in response to the crisis.

Major Sandra Stokes, the divisional commander for Bermuda, said there was “uncertainty about the next few weeks”.

She added: “The Salvation Army takes comfort in the continued generosity of community partners to help us to continue to give hope today.”

The pandemic has prevented the charity's public fundraising events this month for the annual Red Shield Appeal.

However, Major Stokes said the group would remain on the front lines.

She added: “Please know that the Army behind the Red Shield is here to stay.

“It is a symbol of humble service — still here, still serving and still making a difference.”

She said the Salvation Army would have been unable to meet the island's needs without “invaluable” support from Butterfield & Vallis, Digicel, Lindo's, Miles Market, Supermart, Phoenix Stores and individuals.

Donations to the Red Shield Appeal can be supported by e-mail to bermuda_dhq@can.salvationarmy.org or by calling 292-0601

Big demand: a Salvation Army volunteer prepares food donations (Photograph supplied)

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Published May 07, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated May 07, 2020 at 8:35 am)

Salvation Army: big demand for food parcels

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