Seniors are having to look beyond their own empty pantries for their next meal at an ever-increasing rate, say local organizations.

Abby Mills, director of community and family services for the Salvation Army, said the amount of seniors coming through the door for a hot meal or to make use of the food bank is rising.

“And they’re coming in regularly,” she added. “It’s not even a matter of reaching the time in the month right before their support cheques come out. They’re coming to visit us throughout the month and we are definitely seeing an uptick in the number of seniors who are relying on us for support.”

Last year the Salvation Army served a little under 20,000 meals and will easily top 21,000 this year, said Mills.