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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Food Bank Usage Up as Winter Draws Near

Saugeen Shores | by Craig Power  

More and more people are relying on food banks each month in Bruce & Grey Counties.

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With the cooler weather now settling in, many families throughout the area will rely more than ever on our local foodbanks.
According to Food Banks Canada, roughly 860,000 Canadians use a food bank each month to ensure they have food on their table.
Salvation Army Major, Donna Kennedy, helps to run the Food Bank in Saugeen Shores, and tells us the need is certainly there.
In fact, Kennedy says locally, people are relying on the local food bank more than ever.
"Last year at this time we are now 40% over what we were last year at this time so the usage is up. We are meeting their needs but unfortunately those numbers have gone up," says Kennedy.
While the shelves at the Port Elgin Food Bank may not be empty, Kennedy says food donations are always welcome and always needed.
Food bank usage, not only locally, but nationally as well, tends to increase during the cold winter months as some families struggle between paying the bills and putting food on the table.
Kennedy feels that this could also be a problem this winter locally in Saugeen Shores and surrounding Bruce and Grey Counties.
"The need will go up because they'll have to pay their bills so they're going to need groceries so I'm sure they'll be seeing us a little more often," notes Kennedy. "Especially when there are kids involved, you've got to feed them."
Ontario NDP Critic for Community and Social Services, MPP Lisa Gretzky, told the the Legislature during Question Period earlier this month that food an usage was up nearly 27% from last year.
In fact, she says food bank visits in the Toronto area are at their highest since the 2008 recession with most of those users being seniors.

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