The Mt. Arrowsmith Salvation Army food bank is asking for donations of fresh produce from home gardens. (PQB News file photo)

The Mt. Arrowsmith Salvation Army food bank is asking for donations of fresh produce from home gardens. (PQB News file photo)

Salvation Army food bank seeks fresh produce for Parksville Qualicum Beach residents

Donations of a wide variety of fruit and veggies will be accepted

The Mt. Arrowsmith Salvation Army food bank is asking for donations of fresh produce from home gardens.

The MASA food bank’s mandate includes providing the community with healthy choices such as the essential nutrients found in fresh produce which are added to food bank hampers and soup kitchen lunches.

“Our food bank relies on donations from local grocery stores, other food services, and, of course, our very generous and caring community in Parksville Qualicum Beach. We’re extremely grateful for these donations and have also been fortunate to receive grants to supplement our shelves and coolers. However, our resources are running low, and we need your help,” said Bonnie Brown, business manager of MASA.

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She asked for anyone with a home garden to consider donating excess yields throughout the summer. A wide variety of fruit and veggies will be accepted.

“You name it, all is welcome and needed.”

Donations are asked to be clean, unspoiled and fresh items. Light bruising is acceptable, but to ensure food safety, produce must be suitable for human consumption.

Donations will be accepted at the MASA food bank at 886 Wembley Rd., in French Creek, from 9 a.m. until noon, Monday through Thursday.

More information can be found at www.parksvillesalvationarmy.ca/foodbank/, or by calling 250-248-8793.

– NEWS Staff, submitted

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