Coronavirus: Salvation Army in Kelowna says food bank is almost bare

The Salvation Army in Kelowna says it’s in dire need of the community’s help because of the novel coronavirus.

The branch said its food bank is desperately low on meat, bread and toilet paper.

“We are seeing a significant increase in new families accessing our services,” Kelowna Salvation Army said in a social media post on Wednesday.

“Our freezer is typically full of meat and this is all the bread we have left. Can you help?”

Darryl Burry, the lead pastor and executive director, said the organization is being hit hard by panic buying and job layoffs.

“What we are recognizing and seeing is a significant increase in the numbers of new individuals and families who are now coming and accessing our services,” Burry told Global News on Thursday.

At the same time, he said, they’re also seeing a significant decrease in the number of donations.

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