Food banks in crisis; More demand and less donations could impact service

Food bank coordinators have seen donations drop off and numbers of clients increase far beyond their ability to manage.

The food banks in Rossland and Trail are running out of supplies.

In particular, the Trail United Church has announced that unless things turn around, its once-a-week food bank will soon be dropped to a once-a-month operation.

Food bank coordinators have seen donations drop off and numbers of clients increase far beyond their ability to manage, said Keith Simmonds, minister at the church.

Simmonds said that those attending have steadily increased in number while the closure of some key local employers may be affecting donations. “If this continues, the church sees little option but to cut back on the distribution of food.”

The food bank operates three Tuesdays a month and feeds over 100 people a week. Those wishing to help with time or donations can contact the United Church at 368-3225.

Canon Neil Elliot, from St. Andrews Anglican Church, reports that its food bank, which is hosted once a month, is serving more people each year.

“About four years ago we were feeding up to 50 people. Today we are feeding over 100 people,” he said.

The Salvation Army food bank on Rossland Avenue is also struggling to keep its shelves stocked, said Linda Radtke, manager.

“Our Christmas food has started to run out and with the increased number of people coming to use the food bank, we are relying on the public for help,” she said.

Radtke explained that of the increasing number of people needing help in Trail are mostly families. In March, between 30-60 meals were served out of its kitchen daily, and 360 families received hampers.

For more information, call the Trail Salvation Army Family Services at 364-0445.

Those wishing to help with time or donations can contact the United Church at 368-3225.

— Sheri Regnier, Trail Times

 

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