Salvation Army holds fundraiser
Lieutenants with the Portage la Prairie Salvation Army, Peter and Amanda Robinson, along with their daughter Chloe, 2, as pictured at the fundraiser barbecue at the Portage Co-op on Aug. 31, 2012 , in Portage la Prairie. (Angela Brown, QMI Agency)
Portage la Prairie’s Salvation Army members and volunteers were kept busy on Friday raising funds and flipping burgers at a local barbecue.
The event as held at Portage Consumers Co-operative Limited, outside the Food Centre at the west end of Portage.
Lieut. Peter Robinson said at this time of the year there is more need at the local Salvation Army Food Bank and he hopes the fundraiser will offer support.
"We often have food drives to help put food on the food- bank shelves, but sometimes we need funds as well," he said. "This fundraiser helps us meet those types of needs as well."
Robinson was pleased to see such a good turnout at the fundraiser Friday.
"It's been very steady," he said. "It's good to see the (people) come out and supporting, to help the community as well. All the proceeds from (Friday's barbecue) help our general operations in the community."
The food bank is currently in need of more supplies.
“It’s been a busy summer for the food bank and we have seen a lot more going out than going in,” Robinson said. “A lot of people on holidays aren’t thinking of donating to the food bank, and yet the need remains.”
The Salvation Army is looking for various items, including canned vegetables and canned fruit, as well as Kraft dinner, soup, and cereal for the food bank.
“Our shelves are starting to get pretty bare,” said Robinson.