With the decline of the Canadian Dollar, and the increased cost of fruits and veggies in the grocery store, some of Metro Vancouver’s most vulnerable are at risk of getting caught in the squeeze.
Aart Schumann Hess, CEO with the Metro Vancouver Food Bank, says the high prices of produce will force their members into buying processed and low nutritional products.
“A lot of people will buy cheaper food, most of that is ultra processed, which is not always the best product in the world. So in a way, we are dealing long term health issues for our members.”
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He says the Food Bank only sources produce through local growers to keep costs down, but it limits what is available to their clients.
“Last year [the cost of produce] increased by about 10 %, this year there’s another growth expected of about 4.5 % in cost. If you then add the declining loonie, it makes it even worse. “They have become very, very expensive.”
Schumann Hess says the public can help by providing cash donations.
He says with the Food Bank’s buying power, for every dollar donated it can purchase three dollars worth of food.