Food bank use in B.C. is up 20 per cent compared with six years ago, while donations are dwindling.
“We have 94,000 people who need the services of a food bank every month,” says Laura Lansink, executive director of Food Banks BC.
Twenty-nine per cent of people turning to their shelves are children, which works out to 28,000 kids every month.
“Why is that so high? We have in B.C. one in five children living in poverty.”
What’s more, Lansink says several of the province’s 94 food banks are out of food.
“That’s a scary situation when you’re a food bank and you’ve got people coming to you for help, to know that you’re not going to make it through that day and help those folks.”