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FOOD BANK

The Salvation Army Community Food Bank is a member of Food Banks B.C.  (FBBC) and affiliated member of the Canadian Association of Food Banks  and is the only authorized Food Bank in the Chilliwack area.

The Salvation Army Community Food Bank has been an active participant in Chilliwack for over 25 years.  The Food Bank use continues to be a vital need in our community for individuals who are unemployed or underemployed.  Over 3,800 people are being assisted through our Food Bank, Soup Kitchen and Shelter every month, 30% of those we assist are children under the age of 18 years.  Each of these needy families would have gone hungry without the generous support and kindness of our community.  The Food Bank is open Monday to Friday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 Pm and 1:00 pm to 3:00 PM.  

HOW TO GET ASSISTANCE

Anyone needing help can call us at 604 792 0001 to make an appointment to see an Intake Worker.  The worker will help ensure people get what they need, and can also make referrals to other appropriate community supports and programs.

Those seeking assistance should bring with them :

-Photo Identification (one of Drivers license, BC ID, Health Services, Birth Certificate)

-Confirmation of address (ID or copy of recent utility bill)

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Donations to the Food Bank are gladly accepted at any time. Non-perishable food items may be dropped off directly at the Care & Share Centre at 45746 Yale Road or at donation bins in any participating grocery store in Chilliwack. These stores include: Superstore, Save-on-Foods, Coopers Market, Safeway and Marketplace IGA. Also check out BC Sharing coupons that come in $2 denominations and can be purchased at all of these local grocery stores.

Businesses and groups are also encouraged to run Food Drives of their own. We provide support and donation bins for your drive. Please contact us by phone at 604 792-0001 or by email if you are interested in running your own Food Drive on behalf of the Chilliwack Community Food Bank. Hungry families will thank you. 

SHARE A BIT OF BC GOODNESS

Each time you visit your local Chilliwack grocery store you have the opportunity to support The Chilliwack Food Bank by purchasing one of these BC Shares coupons. Your $2 donation helps the Chilliwack Food Bank purchase fresh fruit, vegetables and other products from local grocery stores. When you purchase a BC Shares Coupon, the funds go directly into an account with our name on it. When we are low on supplies, we will go to our local stores and use these funds to directly purchase food. This is a great way to support your local food bank on a weekly basis. For only $2 you can make a difference! Stop by any grocery store in town today and make your contribution. 

The Pantry

Our pantry food recovery program makes fresh produce and other food available on a daily process. We collect food donated by local grocery stores and re-distribute it to where it can be used. Some ends up in our soup kitchen while the majority ends up in our pantry program. People can come down once a day and pick out fresh produce and other food to supplement their food hampers. Any food that cannot be used is given out to local farmers as food for their animals. Through this program not only are people given nutritional food but hundreds of thousands of pounds of food are diverted from our landfills every year.

Community Soup Kitchen

Our community soup kitchen provides over 120 lunches to anyone who is hungry. Our soup kitchen is open to everyone, no questions asked, no judgement. Everyone is welcome!

Hope Chest

Sometimes people need a helping hand with the little things. A pair of shoes, a jacket or other clothing. The Fresh Start Closet provides people with gently used clothing to help them get a fresh start. .

Emergency Disaster Services

The unpredictability of disaster leaves us all vulnerable. At those times it is an army of volunteers that rises to come alongside the survivors and to help diminish the feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. Whether it is the feeding of first responders on the scene or giving care and comfort in the reception center, Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Volunteers are prepared to help in whatever way possible.

We are honored to be able to assist our first responders with hot meals when they are dealing with a crisis. Our fully equipped kitchen trailer and our specially trained volunteers are often deployed with very little notice to be there to lend a helping hand.  A huge thank you to our volunteers who are committed to being there to help others. We would not be able to do our work without you.