Food bank client numbers down for third consecutive month

TERRACE CHURCHES Food Bank continued seeing a decrease in clients in its third month of its new season this past week.

TERRACE CHURCHES Food Bank continued seeing a decrease in clients in its third month of its new season this past week.

In December 2011, volunteers handed out 776 bags; this December, 622 bags were given out, said president John Wiebenga.

“Quite surprising to see such a drop. Last year we were open a week closer to Christmas and that may have had a bearing on the numbers,” he said.

“Of course we hope that less people needing the Food Bank is  a new trend,” he said.

It was a good week with lots of food to hand out, he added.

There was an extra table with many donated toys, candy bars, gloves and socks – an extra treat for clients, said Wiebenga.

Tom and Linda Harris entertained everyone with Christmas singing and guitar playing.

“The Terrace Churches Food Bank would also like to wish all our many volunteers and our clients a very Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year,” said Wiebenga.

The next Food Bank opening is January 14-17.