As most of us are aware, food prices, energy, and housing costs are continually rising, and it is becoming more difficult to determine how to best meet your family’s needs. As tough as it may be — if you’re in a position to meet those needs, you are very blessed — in comparison to others - perhaps even compared to your own friends, neighbours and family.
If you’ve watched any recent newsfeeds, you are probably aware that Food Banks Canada (FBC) and Statistics Canada research basically states the same information. Many Canadians are hurting.
One in five Canadians report going hungry. Twenty-three percent report eating less because they don’t have enough money to eat the amount of healthy food they need due to shelter, energy and medical costs.
Canadian food banks are receiving requests for assistance from more and more first-time users. In the past, people would turn to food banks during times of job loss or low wages, but over the past six months, Canadians are telling FBC that they are running out of money for food because of rising housing, gas, energy and food costs themselves.
Historically, there was a lull in food bank use in the summer – but not this year. FBC says that Canadian food banks will experience the toughest summer in their history because food banks already stretched to their limits are being called on to do more.
This is why I pen this article. We will always do the absolute best we can — to the best of our ability.
However, the best we can do is in your hands. If you can, please consider assisting our efforts to feed your neighbours by dropping off a can or two in the food bank bins in your local grocery store, or check with your local food bank to see what volunteers are needed or host a food drive.
You can donate food or funds at the BDSFB Warehouse at 1105 Webbwood Drive. You can also donate online at our website SudburyFoodBank.ca. If you choose to help we thank you for your support. If you need help for you or your family, please visit our website or call us at 705-671-9663 to find the closest food bank to your location.
Sudburians are resilient — we will get through this summer together — and thank you so much.
President, Banque d’aliments Sudbury Food Bank