The Drumheller Salvation Army has set out a goal to make Drumheller a healthier community. They are trying to implement healthier food hampers to give out.
"One thing that we are actually looking forward to this year, is to improve the nutritional value of our hampers. So, that is reflected in our needs list right now. Especially, we want to help support families. A lot of these things are to help with kids lunches as well," explained Community and Family Services Coordinator for the Salvation Army, Jenessa McAuley.
The organization has been working with a local nutritionist to brainstorm ideas that will add healthier options to the food hampers.
"Now, we are hoping to overhaul the nutritional value as a whole of the hampers. So some of the items we are looking for now are things like canned fruit, canned vegetables, hearty soups and some granola bar options would be very good," continued McAuley.
She explained that it is easier to eat unhealthy food because they cost less, and the Salvation Army wants to fill that void where many suffer.
"We all know it is cheaper to eat unhealthy, so people often have things that are quick and easy to make like, mac and cheese and Ichiban noodles, but if we can provide them with nutritional items, it is not just about making sure people have food on the table, but gives them the opportunity to live full and healthier lives," concluded McAuley.