Volunteers keep Kelowna’s vulnerable fed as day services close

The Salvation Army and Kelowna’s Gospel Mission partnered to keep food services going

As services shutter to the public and walk-ins, those experiencing homelessness in Kelowna have had little else to turn to.

Kelowna’s Gospel Mission closed its day services on Mar. 17, limiting access to people staying at the shelter. Executive director Randy Benson said they’re helping the city’s vulnerable the best way they can by trying to minimize community transmission of COVID-19.

But that meant those not staying at the Mission’s shelter no longer had access to food.

And that’s where the Salvation Army Kelowna’s volunteers came in.

The Mission and the Salvation Army have partnered to continue preparing and distributing food to those sheltering outside. The Mission prepares the meals and the Salvation Army distributes them in the city out of its emergency services truck.

“We have some amazing volunteers who work with us all throughout the year, but in particular for this time now, we have activated our emergency disaster services personnel and volunteers,” Darryl Burry said, lead pastor at Salvation Army Kelowna.

He said they can only have four volunteers in the truck at a time every time they serve food so as to keep the distance between each person, so they currently are not looking for more volunteers, but he added there are other ways the community can help.

“We’re always in need of resources to continue our operations flowing. We also recognize that we have individuals and families who come to the Salvation Army to access our services,” he said.

“As people experience layoffs, people who need our services are significantly increasing but our donations are declining. So if you’re able to help in any way, maybe you recognize you’ve purchased a little too much, please consider helping out a food bank or you can make a cash donation.”

The Salvation Army will be distributing food seven days a week for the supper hour.

If you know others who are giving back and helping those in need during this critical time, send us an email and let us know!

READ MORE: Kelowna’s Gospel Mission closes day services

READ MORE: Virus panic hits Lake Country Food Bank


Twila Amato
Video journalist, Black Press Okanagan
Email me at twila.amato@blackpress.ca
Follow me on Twitter

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

VIDEO: Community of Oliver salutes frontline medical staff

“Honk for the unsung heros. Thanks to each and every one of you”

Summerland’s April 1 snow measurements above normal

Measurements taken at Summerland Reservoir and Isintok Lake

Okanagan Skaha School Board does not anticipate closures

School district budget tight as a result of declining enrolment

Q&A: Interior Health CEO answers questions on COVID-19 response

Susan Brown, president and CEO of Interior Health, answers questions regarding COVID-19

YMCA Okanagan opens child care service to essential workers

Priority given to guardians in top three tiers of essential services as identified by the province

‘We don’t need this right now’: B.C. man breaks up road rage incident

Two men were throwing punches on Tillicum Road in Saanich on Vancouver Island

Effects of COVID-19 isolation on domestic violence a concern for Shuswap women’s shelter

Salmon Arm’s SAFE Society open, programs and services still running but funds, supplies needed

‘There can be no ambiguity’: Travellers brought home to B.C. must self-isolate

Health Minister Adrian Dix said the mandatory isolation must be abided by

COVID-19 has been impacting Canadian economy since January

But full effects of pandemic won’t be known for months

Doctors trained abroad want to join front lines of COVID-19 fight in Canada

B.C. is looking to allow internationally trained doctors to work under the supervision of attending physicians

Fake test kits and other COVID online scams play on public anxiety: fraud centre

Vancouver has seen a spike in commercial property crimes, with offices and stores empty because of COVID-19

Canada’s 75% wage subsidy is coming, but not for several weeks: finance minister

Subsidy will cost Canada $71 billion, but push down cost of emergency benefit, Morneau said

Most Read