Need in Prince Rupert not expected to decrease this holiday season

The Prince Rupert Salvation Army is expecting to assist the same number of families with all its programs this year.

The Prince Rupert Salvation Army is expecting to assist the same number of families with all its programs this year.

Capt. Gary Sheils of the Salvation Army said the Food Bank has been serving 250 families and singles per month on average, which is about the same as last year. By the end of 2013, the Salvation Army will have served more than 3,000 families and individuals.

In the summer, there was a decrease in the number of people utilizing the Food Bank, which Sheils attributes to the good cannery season.

“The cannery had a good year … a lot of the shore workers did quite well with hours and a lot of them are people we serve,” Sheils said, adding the food bank saw the largest decrease.

The number of meals served at the Soup Kitchen also went down in the summer, but both the Soup Kitchen and Food Bank have picked back up again.

On average, since the summer ended about 4,000 meals were handed out at the Soup Kitchen.

“The last three years have been pretty consistent … I expect it to be about the same this year,” Sheils said.

With the holiday season quickly approaching, the Salvation Army is preparing for the annual Christmas Hamper Program.

Last year the Prince Rupert Salvation Army helped 858 families and singles with its Christmas Hamper Program, just over 2,700 all together, which was a little bit more than the previous year.

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