Food shortage at the Golden Food Bank

The Golden Food Bank is looking for donations to help local people.

Barb Davies

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The Golden Food Bank is in need of food donations. The shelves are unusually depleted and several food items regularly stocked for food hampers are unavailable. Throughout the year the Food Bank receives food donations from community fundraisers, individuals dropping off food, and from food received through a food sharing network organized by Food Banks BC. The Golden Food Bank pays to transport food from the Inter-Faith Food Bank in Calgary to the Golden Food Bank on an as needed basis – typically every 4-6 weeks. Unfortunately, this year the shipments have lacked the food items that are in short supply.

The Golden Food Bank is in need of food including pasta, oats, peanut butter, beans (dried or canned such as kidney beans, lentils or chickpeas) and canned fish. In addition, the Food Bank is in short supply of items that can be used to prepare quick meals such as pasta sauce, pre-made chile, hearty soups and stews, and noodle dishes.

Food donations can be dropped off at Overwaitea during regular business hours or at the Golden Food Bank (1115 9th Street South) Tuesdays thru Thursdays between 10am and 4.pm.

This time of year, the Food Bank provides food to ~300 people in any given month. Almost half of the households assisted are families, with 31per cent of those receiving food being children. 11per cent of those assisted are seniors.

The Food Bank strives to provide as nutrient dense foods as possible and regularly purchases eggs, yogurt, meat and fresh produce for food hampers. Due to recent food shortages, food expenditures have been unexpectedly high. In addition to food donations, the Food Bank welcomes donations of gift cards at either Overwaitea or Sobeys.