In 2021, the Salvation Army on the Sunshine Coast redistributed over 75,000 pounds of foodstuffs from local grocery and food service businesses that may have otherwise been wasted. It did this through its daily bread and produce food lines, local Salvation Army spokesperson Darrell Pilgrim told Town of Gibsons council May 17.
Pilgrim said about 30 people access that service each day and undistributed items are provided to local farms for animal feed.
The Army’s food bank also distributes 120 hampers monthly and also stocks a food cupboard adjacent to the Roberts Creek library.
It hosts community kitchen lunches, attended by about 50 people on Tuesdays and Fridays at its Gibsons location and will be reintroducing its “Hope Café” every day 10 a.m. to noon. The Café program is open to all in the community for socialization.
Pilgrim also updated council on the Sunshine Coast’s annual Coast Wide Food Bank Drive coordinated by the Sunshine Coast Community Services Society.
The drive is looking to raise $150,000 for the Coast's four food banks.