Sooke PocketNews was invited to attend the Sooke Food Bank’s first annual open house, held on Wednesday, June 15th from 10 am until 2 pm. We’re glad we did. It was an eye opener.
President Kim Metzger gave us the tour.
Last year’s stats are humbling:
- 3,528 Hampers distributed, serving
- 5,684 Adults and
- 2,618 Children
- Approximate value: $230,787.46
Those who need the Food Bank can drop by once a month and need to bring your and your dependents’ Care Cards and proof of residence (i.e. utility bill, drivers license, etc.). However, Metzger assures us, no one is turned away.
There are a number of incredible donors in town; sadly, the need plods along, upward. This year, the Sooke Food Bank is offering mobile services to Port Renfrew.
Food bank usage increases in the summer, because the families that depend on school-based food programs don’t have that resource available for two months. According to Food Banks Canada online, “Summer is a particularly difficult time for families living with food insecurity as school supported breakfast and lunch programs close with the schools for the holidays. As 37% of the people turning to food banks for help are children, school holidays combined with the traditional drop in summer donations puts an added stress on families struggling to get by.”
Some of you may have made it to the open house, and some of you may have had the tour. For those of you who couldn’t make it, SPN brings you this sadly impressive gallery.[unitegallery food_bank_open_house_2016]