The Sooke Food Bank hosted their annual open house on Wednesday, June 14 (see gallery at the bottom). The statistics they had posted throughout their facilities were startling, and sad. The numbers of people they feed every single month are growing, and in their midst, so to are the number of hungry children.
As of June 1, in the 16 days that they have been open, the Food Bank has:
- provided 1,486 hampers (that’s 129 more than last year’s total)
- fed 1,185 childen (that’s 208 more than last year’s total)
- fed 2,172 adults (that’s 82 more than last year’s total)
There are still 19 more Food Bank days to go before the year is over.
And every single school day at Journey Middle School (in partnership with the Legion), they provide an average of 40 breakfasts.
Please note that this increase in demand is in addition another new provider, a Faceboook group called Sooke Embrace has also been providing food boxes to families and individuals in need. These undocumented numbers are not counted.
The Sooke Food Bank (located at the Sooke Community Hall’s basement across from the murals, on the other side of the road of Mom’s Cafe) provides one hamper per month to those in need. The Food Bank is open on the first, second and third Thursdays of each month from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Please bring your & your dependents’ Care Cards and proof of residence with you (i.e. utility bill, drivers license, etc.). For more information please leave a message at 250-642-7666 and someone will return your call. No one is turned away.