Due to the overwhelming need at Brandon’s Helping Hands Soup Kitchen, 2520 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps — 71 Bty, is taking immediate action to help those less fortunate in Operation Hands Helping. Army cadets will be canvassing their neighbourhoods for the non-perishable food items throughout May.
Vandana Jamadagni, co-ordinator for Helping Hands, has seen numbers on the increase, as they now serve approximately 160-170 people per day, up from 130 last year.
“Whatever we have a little bit of in stock, we’re trying to make it last. Every day we have to be more creative,” Jamadagni recently told CBC.
“We are experiencing a real need in our city right now,” 2520 RCACC Commanding Officer Capt. Rob Lussier said. “The Helping Hands Soup Kitchen is a vital organization to individuals and families who are struggling and we’re working hard to help them. It’s all about community helping community.”
Participating cadets will be in uniform with adult supervision when canvassing for donations. Food items may also be brought to the Brandon Armoury or MPTF at CFB Shilo, during army cadet training evenings on Wednesdays from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
As well, donations may be made directly to the soup kitchen at their Seventh Street location. For more information on how you can help and when to drop off donated items, call Helping Hands Soup Kitchen at 204-727-4635.
Helping Hands is a non-profit organization located in Brandon and relies on grant money, donations and volunteers to support the community needs.
Cadets Canada is a national youth program funded by the Department of National Defence.