Food bank numbers drop for two consecutive months

THE NUMBER of people using the Terrace Churches Food Bank in its first two months of its new year’ are down from last year.

THE NUMBER of people using the Terrace Churches Food Bank in its first two months of its new year’ are down from last year.

October kicked off this round of food bank openings with about 40 fewer families than last year, calculated from the number of bags handed out, according to food bank president John Wiebenga.

“We were 60 bags down from last year,” he said. “Our opening week went well as lots of food came in during the summer from various food drives, and donations from many local stores and businesses.

“The food donated usually needs sorting or bagging and shelving. We really appreciate all the help we get and one of the helping groups this fall was a Grade 7 class from Veritas School, who came to help bag up 400 lbs. of potatoes, which had been donated by the Community Garden.”

November was much the same as October with numbers down by 70 bags compared to the same period last year, said Wiebenga.

“We did have a number of new clients,” he added about November. December’s food bank hours are taking place this week.