Charity volunteers are seeing an increase in their services as more people are struggling economically.

“I would say a 35% increase from pre-COVID to right now,” estimates Manager of Soups On Joy Neufeld.

The 17-year-old charity, founded by Neufeld, has both supper programs and a school lunch program for children. “We are upwards of 110 guests a night that come up and pick up a supper,” says Neufeld of their Tuesday supper program.