Sue Demerse (pictured) says volunteering at the Penticton Salvation Army Food Bank is a great way to keep busy while helping people in need. (Wayne McDougall photo)

Sue Demerse (pictured) says volunteering at the Penticton Salvation Army Food Bank is a great way to keep busy while helping people in need. (Wayne McDougall photo)

WATCH: Penticton Food Bank seeking volunteers

Demand at food banks across the country has been on the rise since the start of the pandemic

In a year where the Salvation Army food bank has seen more people in need than ever, the Penticton branch is also in need of volunteers to help meet the growing demand — especially with the holiday season upon us.

READ MORE: Volunteers in Penticton begin packaging seasonal food hampers

Major Paul Trickett of the Penticton Salvation Army said volunteers are the back-bone of the food bank. “There is no way we could service the people the way we service them (without volunteers),” he said. “Without volunteers it would be very cut and dry, people would just be given basic food boxes.”

Recently, the food bank has been giving up to 12,000 pounds of food per week, with up to 125 people a week registered to receive food hampers. In addition, upwards of 800 people per week use the food bank to access “grab and go” bags as non-registered users.

For a handful of Pentictonites, volunteering at the food bank has given them a way to keep busy while also feeling like they are doing their part to help those in difficult situations.

With the holidays on the horizon, food bank volunteers are gearing up for their busiest time of year, but they need more help. The Penticton Salvation Army Food Bank is currently seeking volunteers to help get them through the holidays and beyond. If you would like to volunteer and help people in need the food bank would love to hear from you.

For more information on volunteering for the Penticton Salvation Army Food Bank contact Rose Cargill at

250-492-6494 or Or visit

READ MORE: Get a Meal, Give a Meal program raises funds for Penticton Food Bank

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