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Purolator and Kamloops Food Bank deliver for Prince George

Truck donation to Salvation Army in Prince George will help the organization expand services and help more people
in the community

Kamloops, BC, Sept. 15, 2014 – Purolator and Kamloops Food Bank today donated a refurbished curbside delivery vehicle to the Salvation Army, Prince George. The donated truck will help the Salvation Army in the area expand its program for delivering prepared food to people who do not have the ability to travel to the food bank in person.

Left to right: Rosie Lewis, Unit Manager, Kamloops, Purolator; Bernadette Siracky, Executive Director, Kamloops Food Bank; Wes Graham, Operations Manager, Kamloops Food Bank and Neil Wilkinson, Corps Officer/Pastor, the Salvation Army, Prince George gather in front of a Purolator truck donated to the Salvation Army, Prince George to help the organization expand its program for delivering prepared food to people who do not have the ability to travel to the food bank in person.
Purolator originally donated the truck to the Kamloops Food Bank in 2012; the food bank has since outgrown the vehicle, and its programs have transitioned to using refrigerated vehicles.

“When the Kamloops Food Bank contacted us with the opportunity to refurbish the curbside vehicle to give to another local food bank, we were very glad to continue tackling hunger in our region,” said Rosie Lewis, Unit Manager, Kamloops, Purolator.  “We understand there’s an increase in the number of people turning to the Salvation Army, Prince George, and we’re proud to help the food bank service this growing demand.”

Since 2011, the number of families visiting the Salvation Army in Prince George each month has doubled from 600 to 1,200. The food bank currently relies on one vehicle for both its Thrift Store and Operation Hunger Relief programs.

“The increase in demand is partially due to the growing population in Prince George, and this truck donation from Purolator significantly improves our ability to meet this increased need,” said Neil Wilkinson, Corps Officer/Pastor, the Salvation Army, Prince George. “We are thrilled that we can now begin reaching more people in our community.”

About Purolator Tackle Hunger®
As part of its commitment to helping alleviate hunger in the communities where it operates, Purolator works closely with its employees, partners, agents, customers and food banks across Canada to collect donations and help raise awareness about the issue of hunger in Canada. Since its inception in 2003, the Purolator Tackle Hunger program has helped deliver the equivalent of more than 6.5 million pounds of food to food banks across Canada. For more information, visit purolatortacklehunger.com.

About the Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and every day in 400 communities across Canada and more than 125 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, providing shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. When you give to the Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community. For more information, visit www.salvationarmy.ca.

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For more information please contact:
Courtney Reistetter
Manager, Corporate Communications
Purolator Inc.
Tel: 905 712-1084 ext. 23851
Email: courtney.reistetter@purolator.com

Neil Wilkinson
Corps Officer/Pastor
Salvation Army, Prince George
Tel: 250 564-4000
Email: neil_wilkinson@can.salvationarmy.org

 

Published: September 15, 2014
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