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.

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