While local food banks typically see numerous donations throughout the holiday season, the reality is that donations are needed year-round. 

The Wholesale Club has launched its annual spring food drive to help negate the growing demand, with all proceeds going directly towards the Swift Current Salvation Army. 

Community Services and Family Services worker at the Salvation Army food bank in Swift Current, Sue McKeown, said that the foodbank is fulfilling anywhere from 45 to 60 appointments every week. 

“Since COVID has come about, we have tripled the amount of people who are needing food assistance per month,” she said. 

McKeown touched on the importance of donating to your local shelter all year round. 

“It's very important that we receive donations throughout the year as we are a food bank that serves the community all year round,” she said. “And individuals need help with food and their food budget year-round.” 

High demand items include cereals, peanut butter, sugar, flour and other pantry staples, pasta and pasta sauces, canned fish, meat, vegetables and fruits, baby formula and shelf-stable milk products. 

Along with food items, monetary donations can be made at the Wholesale Club until April 14. 

Donations can also be made Monday through Thursday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (closed for lunch hour) at the Salvation Army Food Bank, community and family services door (780 1st Ave NW).