Dramatic drop for food bank

THE TERRACE Churches Food Bank started its winter season by giving out the fewest number of bags not only this year but for the last three years.

“We were able to supply groceries to approximately 250 families and handed out just about 420 bags full,” said food bank president John Wiebenga.

“Our client numbers were considerably less this October compared to October 2012. Hopefully this reflects an improvement in people’s lives which may in part be due to a more positive outlook in our economy.”

October 2011 saw 536 bags given out and the number of bags of food given out in October 2010 was 546, the lowest for that year.

During the week before this October’s food bank, several young students helped bag about 100 pounds of fresh Community Garden carrots, thanks to the garden’s president Barb Tetz, said Wiebenga.

“We also received lots of produce, bakery items and dairy including such items as yogurt and milk to hand out with the usual cereal, hamburger, canned goods, pasta, eggs etc.,” he said.

“Again we were blessed with many volunteers, including a number of new helpers.” The food bank will be open next on November 4-7.


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