Williams Lake Salvation Army food services co-ordinator Sabrina Silvey is looking toward 2012 with gratitude for the “amazing response” from the community leading up to Christmas.
“It went really well this year,” Silvey says. “We were able to reach out and help a lot of people. We had unbelievable volunteers who did a lot of work for us.”
Between Dec. 19 and 23, the Salvation Army gave out 328 food hampers and toys to 310 children.
The hampers were bigger than they have been in the past, again because the community was generous.
Families received a ham or turkey, and all the trimmings to prepare both a Christmas breakfast and dinner.
Included was fresh produce, such as potatoes, carrots, turnips, peppers and salads, as well as goodies, canned goods, and pies.
In addition, the soup kitchen served a dinner on Christmas day between noon and 2 p.m.
“I’m not sure how many people we had there, but it was run by volunteers and the cooks from the Fox’s Den Restaurant at the golf course who came in cooked for us,” Silvey says.
Depending on the day, the number of people visiting the food bank varies.
In the first two weeks of the month, the average is 15 people a day, whereas in the second half it will rise up to 40 people a day.
“The food bank is looking really good going in to 2012. We’ve had a very wonderful amount of donations come in from the community. Local businesses and schools have been doing food drives this year,” she explains, adding while the shelves are stocked right now, they can always use food because throughout the year it goes fast.