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The Salvation Army Pantry34 Program

The goal of The Salvation Army’s Pantry34 program is to ensure that all youth in Abbotsford have access to healthy, nutritious snacks and beverages at any time of the school day, distributed at the teacher’s discretion, as part of their normal school routine.

The program runs from September-June each year and currently serves 20 schools in Abbotsford’s School District 34.  Food and beverage items are assembled and delivered twice a month to the schools.  Each school has an average of 10-25 students who regularly use the program.

We exist to be a transforming influence in the lives of people and in the communities of our world. We believe that we must look after our children and ensure as much as we are able, that their needs are met. By providing the basic essentials of living for these families we are not only are providing nutrition but in many cases are relieving families of the stress and guilt of not being able to provide for their kids. Ultimately we believe we are equipping children with better health, better state of mind and a greater capacity to earn a living above the poverty line.

“Thank you for all you do. The students really seem to enjoy the food that that the Salvation Army has so graciously provided. We appreciate all you do for the kids both here and throughout the community”.

Youth Care WorkerWilliam A. Fraser Middle School

“The Pantry34 program has helped many students at our school by filling in the gaps when their breakfast or lunches are inadequate or missing. Thank you for your generosity. Children are the centre of our mission here at our inner city school and you help to meet that mission every day. Thank you for your service”.

John Maclure Community School

“The Pantry 34 program has provided our at risk students with snacks. The snacks feed our students and make them feel cared for. We are so grateful to the Salvation Army for running this program!”

Nancy CustodioC&G Howe Middle Youth Care Worker

“The program has made a big difference in many of the kids in the school I work at with food provided they are more focused and attentive in and out of the classroom. It also takes some of the pressure off those parents that are trying hard to provide but fall short some months.”

"I've noticed with the children that they leave the breakfast club feeling happier and are kinder to others."

A breakfast club volunteer

Become a Community Sponsor-Partner

If you would like information on how you can be a community sponsor-partner of the Pantry34 Program or would like more information, please contact Kim Hissink, Fundraising Coordinator at The Salvation Army – Centre of Hope at 604-852-9305 ext. 138.

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2021-2022 Sponsors

Sid & Daphne

Sid and Daphne Johnson are supporters of The Salvation Army in Abbotsford because of their work in our community with Families and Children. “We are happy to help support the Pantry 34 Program in our community to help children receive nutritious snacks when needed. It takes a village sometimes to raise a child and without The Salvation Army many children would not get the support they need.