Thousands of Canadians face hunger every year and food banks across the country are unable to keep up with the demand, especially in the summer months, according to Food Banks Canada.
This is the second year Food Banks Canada has launched a national campaign to gather food donations to help Canadians make it through the spring and summer months.
Through the duration of May, Port Alberni residents can donate money or food to the Port Alberni Salvation Army at 4841 Redford St or online at everyplatefull.ca. For every dollar reached, three meals are collected.
Marilyn Burrows, family services coordinator with the Alberni Valley Salvation Army hopes to raise enough money to feed Port Alberni familes in need throughout the summer.
According to the Every Plate Full website, 918,724 Canadians will access a food bank this summer, 37 per cent of which are children.