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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Quebec food banks struggle with increased demand, fewer donations

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Key takeaways: 

  • The rising expense of living is an aspect, organizations say.
  • Kim Reed, president of On Rock Community Services, states the organization’s food bank is working hard to keep reserves to provide for families. 

When Kim Reed opened the gates to On Rock Community Services Friday morning, somebody was already waiting to be registered for the food bank.

Reed, On Rock’s president, told me this is becoming a joint event, with people signing up for services nearly daily. It’s something multiple of Quebec’s food banks are struggling with.

On Rock has moved from helping 210 families in Pierrefonds to 280 households in almost two years.

“We’re noticing more and more families coming who never envisioned that they’d be at the door of a food bank,” he said.

“With the price of everything being what it is, whether it’s for your vehicle, your house, for food … at some moment, something’s got to give, and the easiest thing to substitute is the food.”

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When Kim Reed opened the gates to On Rock Community Services Friday morning, somebody was already waiting to be registered for the food bank.

But On Rock’s supplies are declining. The association has difficulty finding non-perishables and staples, like sugar or flour, to assist families in meeting their requirements.

“All we know is our shelves that are always packed — some of them aren’t so full,” said Reed.

On Rock isn’t the only food bank noticing a drop in stock. Suzanne Scarrow, the West Island Mission executive director, states demand has burst in the earlier six months. It’s gone up nearly seven times what it was just last January.

“We are witnessing real poverty. People are tired. They’re hurt financially, and they’re hurt emotionally as well,” Scarrow told CBC’s Debra Arbec.  “It’s a real struggle; it’s an adamant time right now.”

Martin Munger, executive director of Food Banks of Quebec, said the demanding hike is something the region has never seen before — it has almost doubled since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source – CBC News

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