Thanksgiving Food Drive will collect items for Vernon Salvation Army Food Bank

Food drive on Saturday

The annual Thanksgiving Food Drive takes place Saturday and the timing could not be better.

Organized by the Vernon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, people can leave food in bags on their front steps that will be collected and given to the Vernon Salvation Army Food Bank.

Last week, the church provided paper bags for people to put food items in.

Neil Thompson, with the Salvation Army, said the shelves are not bare, but supplies are being stretched.

Thompson said the food bank saw a substantial increase in people needing assistance during the height of COVID, and those numbers have not gone down much since, placing more demand on the food bank.

In the past three months, the Salvation Army Food bank has provided 766 food hampers, along with clothing vouchers.

There have been 140 new households accessing services and more than 100,000 pounds of food in hampers and approximately 20,000 pounds of food has been distributed through walk in services.

Thompson said staple items like canned beans, pastas, cereals and similar goods are “always so helpful because they stock the shelves for months.”

Thompson said supplies have “been a little low lately. We managed to make do, but definitely a little bit lower than we would like to see.”

Donations, including financial contributions, can be made to the Salvation Army at any time.

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