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Siloam Mission ‘Critically Low’ on Food, Needs Donations

November 25, 2010 8:56 AM | News

Siloam Mission's head cook Linda Vinck-Bobei arranges items in the shelter's pantry. (HANDOUT)

Siloam Mission is in desperate need of food donations, as the demand from the city’s homeless community has dramatically increased.

The Winnipeg homeless shelter says more than 28,050 meals have been served so far in November, which is up by 7,280 from the same time last year. The shelter has rarely been this low on supplies, and says if the trend continues, they will have served 30,000 more meals than last year.

“We recently expanded our hours of operation to offer services every hour of the day, every day of the year,” said Floyd Perras, executive director of Siloam Mission. “The expansion means we’re serving more meals, but we’re also seeing a rise in the number of people that use our services.”

The most needed items are fresh vegetables, milk, meat (beef, pork, chicken), sugar, sliced bread and coffee. Other items needed can be found on the Siloam Mission website.

“We have always relied on the community to rally around their inner-city neighbours and lend a helping hand,” Perras says.

Donations can be dropped off at 300 Princess Street.