The Surrey Food Bank is overwhelmed with an increase in demand during its slowest season thanks to food prices going up and new refugee clients.
That’s why CKNW has teamed up with Global BC to launch #FeedMeFriday tomorrow to encourage and collect donations.
CKNW’s Shelby Thom headed down to the food bank and spent some time with those waiting in a lineup that stretched down the street.
Faces of the food bank
While some people may have an idea of the “stereotypical food bank user,” the idea that there’s a typical client couldn’t be further from the truth.
The faces in the Surrey Food Bank life come from all walks of life, have been stretched in different ways and for different reasons.
Holli Mccluskey pushes her stroller to the Surrey Food Bank to use as a buggy to collect food for her four kids.
“I’ve grown up in Surrey my whole life. I’m a single mom with four beautiful children.”
A former addict on disability assistance, Holli lives at the Maxxine Wright shelter, and says she doesn’t know what she’d do without the food bank.
“I would probably starve sometimes. I can’t get by, I mean I don’t get child tax or anything for making too much money when I did work. Services like this are really really reliable.”
One single mom waiting in the long line up outside the Surrey Food Bank says she has a Master’s degree in the arts but is recently unemployed.
“Difficult for us, always difficult.”
Another is a new immigrant with four mouths to feed.
“It’s good help.”
Reporter: “It is tough right now to make ends meet”?
“Very much tough with family.”
Also in line is a student who says he’s been coming to the food bank since he was four years old.
“Currently on social assistance, no education few up in the foster care system. It’s kind of hard to get a job with no education, hard to get by on twelve dollars an hour.”
They’re just a few of the more than 15,000 people who used the Surrey Food Bank last month.
Due to an increase in food prices and new refugee clients, the Surrey Food Bank is feeling the pressure to keep up with demand.
If you’d like to make a donation, #FeedMeFriday runs on site from 11:30am to 6:30pm, or you can make a donation online at surreyfoodbank.org