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Salvation Army helps feed those in need

Lt. Chris Street takes care of the Salvation Army food bank in Port aux Basques.
Lt. Chris Street takes care of the Salvation Army food bank in Port aux Basques.

Summertime means the Salvation Army's food bank in Port aux Basques sees fewer clients.

But that doesn't mean the need for donations decreases.

Lt. Chris Street looks after the food bank, and said more people come in between October and April or May.

At the same time, Chris said more donations are made during those months.

He said the food bank gets a lot of goods from St. James Elementary School, St. James Regional High School and the Port aux Basques campus of the College of the North Atlantic.

With summer vacation in full swing, the donations from the schools have dried up until the fall.

"We have to work with what we've got," Chris said.

He said local churches are another big source of donations.

Street's wife Tonia, also a lieutenant with the Salvation Army, said the number of people who use the food bank varies but there are approximately 50 regular clients.

"But we might get someone once and never see them again," she said.

Tonia said sometimes they receive a call from someone who has previously used the food bank who just wants to say thanks for the support in a tough time.

Donations can usually be dropped off on weekdays between 10 and 11 a.m. at the Salvation Army.

Chris said the biggest need is for canned goods, but any non-perishable items are welcome.

Tonia also said donors should also check to make sure the items they're giving aren't expired.

But that doesn't mean the need for donations decreases.

Lt. Chris Street looks after the food bank, and said more people come in between October and April or May.

At the same time, Chris said more donations are made during those months.

He said the food bank gets a lot of goods from St. James Elementary School, St. James Regional High School and the Port aux Basques campus of the College of the North Atlantic.

With summer vacation in full swing, the donations from the schools have dried up until the fall.

"We have to work with what we've got," Chris said.

He said local churches are another big source of donations.

Street's wife Tonia, also a lieutenant with the Salvation Army, said the number of people who use the food bank varies but there are approximately 50 regular clients.

"But we might get someone once and never see them again," she said.

Tonia said sometimes they receive a call from someone who has previously used the food bank who just wants to say thanks for the support in a tough time.

Donations can usually be dropped off on weekdays between 10 and 11 a.m. at the Salvation Army.

Chris said the biggest need is for canned goods, but any non-perishable items are welcome.

Tonia also said donors should also check to make sure the items they're giving aren't expired.

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