Sackville continues to show strong support for local food bank
The Sackville Food Bank held its annual general meeting on Wednesday, June 14.
And like most charitable organizations, the new executive was elected and a financial report was given.
But unlike some other organizations, learning that the number of clients is climbing is not happy news.
The number of people using food banks continues to rise as more and more of the new jobs in Canada are part-time, temporary and minimum wage. More than 863,000 people used food banks in Canada in March 2016. This is 28 per cent higher than in 2008.
Sackville, too, is facing rising numbers of clients but, luckily, the food bank is also well supported by the community. Last summer, the local food bank’s shelves were almost empty and Sackville stepped up and filled them. Local farmers donated fresh produce and bakeries in town donated baked goods. As it is every year, summer is a difficult time for food banks because churches and schools are often not in session and their donations dry up. In Sackville, people can donate via their local grocery stores or drop food off at the food bank on Tuesday or Wednesday morning.
Some plans for the coming year include a workshop on growing and using microgreens in partnership with Raised From the Bed Farms, participation in the Fall Fair parade, and offering a course on onepot meals in partnership with Moncton Headstart and the Sackville Commons.
Volunteers are always welcome and donations of food or funds will be happily received.