Several local efforts are underway to ensure a basic need is met in our community.
While most of us have never even seen the back of our cupboards, there are an increasing number of individuals and families whose food source is bare.
When that happens, the food bank is there to help. But now even the food bank’s shelves are looking sparse.
It’s a routine occurrence for the Salvation Army, which runs the food bank, as the need continues to grow.
On average, 400 food hampers are given out in a month, but over the summer those numbers have risen substantially, reaching 450 at times.
Which is why several local efforts are underway to feed that need.
Donations are currently being accepted at Save-On-Foods through its annual food drive and items will continue to be collected Saturday.
Volunteers with the B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive will also be out Saturday collecting bags of food left on the doorsteps of homes.
But to ensure these drives are successful in stocking the food bank shelves back up, a community-wide act of giving is needed. Those who have maybe skipped through aisles in previous years without picking up an extra item or two are asked to consider helping others this year. Whether it’s a can of beans, box of pasta, pack of toilet paper or even a cash donation, every little bit helps.
The food bank relies on the generosity of the community to ensure that all residents have such basic needs as food met.
Next time you open your cupboards and ponder over your choices, consider what it might be like to have no options at all, or worse yet, nothing to feed your family.