Overall food bank use in Golden down, but not for certain groups

The food bank’s numbers are down somewhat in 2014 compared to the same time period last year

The Golden Food Bank held its annual general meeting July 9, the first time the facility has held its AGM under the guidance of Stephanie Findlater, who just moved into the general manager position in May.

“I was kind of overwhelmed initially,” Findlater said. “(Former director) Barb Davies did such a great job and those were some big shoes to fill.”

Findlater felt more comfortable in her new position after attending a conference where she was able to meet with other food bank managers, which gave her a nice measure of reassurance.

The food bank’s numbers are down somewhat in 2014 compared to the same time period last year, but statistics are showing that there has been an increase in users in certain demographics.

“Our 55 and up seniors group has gone up 30 per cent,” Findlater said.

Findlater isn’t sure why there has been an increase in usage amongst seniors, but did say that it could simply be due to regular clients entering that age bracket. According to her, however, the number of seniors who are using food banks is up across Canada.

Altogether, the food bank distributed 790 hampers from January to June (down from 906 at the same time last year.)

One of the most positive developments for the food bank over the past year has been the retrieval of meat through a variety of different means.

Illegally hunted game meat has kept the food bank’s freezers well stocked. If that wasn’t enough, the food bank was able to recover a truck full of chickens after an accident on the highway.

“With that, I don’t think I’ve purchased meat since I’ve been the hamper manager,” Findlater said.

Still, the food bank has continued to rely on the generosity of locals in order to keep things running smoothly, and Goldenites came through in a big way during the food bank’s recent food drive.

“We did 1,023 kg total, and that’s about $5,600 worth of food,” Findlater said. “The donations (for last year’s drive) were valued at $1,500, so that’s way less.”

 

Just Posted

UPDATE: Highway 1 closed east of Revelstoke, set to reopen at 7:30 p.m.

Highway 1 is closed east of Revelstoke near the west entrance to… Continue reading

Golden Rockets win one on the road

The Golden Rockets faced off against the Creston Valley Thundercats on the… Continue reading

Golden’s cannabis zoning public hearing closes without fuss

The Town of Golden hosted a public hearing to introduce cannabis retail… Continue reading

It’s the last day to vote in B.C.’s referendum on electoral reform

Ballots must now be dropped off in person to meet the deadline of 4:30 p.m.

Golden Sound Fest takes hiatus until 2020, unless funds can be raised

After a huge year for Golden Sound Festival, the festival coordinators have… Continue reading

Man caught on camera allegedly trying to defraud ICBC

Auto-insurer warns B.C. drivers to record info after crashes

Warning issued as forecast calls for 20-foot waves in Tofino

Dangerous waves, strong currents and upper-shoreline flooding expected for Tofino-Ucluelet area

An 800-pound pig named Theodore needs a forever home, B.C. society says

‘Theodore is not destined to be somebody’s bacon’

Teenager Alphonso Davies wins Canadian Men’s Soccer Player for the Year Award

Derek Cornelius and Chilliwack native, Jordyn Huitema were named Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

B.C. teen MMA fighter shows heart

Young Unity MMA competitors bring home Ws

2,000 Canadians died of an overdose in first 6 months of the year

New data from the Public Health Agency of Canada shows the crisis is not subsiding

Another B.C. city votes to ban single-use plastic bags

First six months of proposed ban would focus on education, not enforcement

UK Prime Minister Theresa May wins party no-confidence vote, but troubles remain

May won the vote of 317 Conservative legislators with a 200-117 tally

B.C. trustee’s anti-LGBTQ comments got him barred from schools

Barry Neufeld calls vote to leave him off liaison list ‘workplace discrimination’

Most Read