Cou­ple health­ier due to food bank

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Edi­tor’s note: The fol­low­ing is a first­per­son ac­count by an in­di­vid­ual who is helped by the Sal­va­tion Army food bank, the re­cip­i­ent of this year’s Be an An­gel cam­paign. To do­nate, visit the Her­ald of­fice, 101-186 Nanaimo Ave. W., be­tween 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day or visit www.pen­tic­ton­her­

Is­tarted go­ing to the food bank five years ago and met my part­ner there. We have con­tin­ued to use the food bank as both of us are on dis­abil­ity and find the cost of food so ex­pen­sive.

My part­ner was di­ag­nosed with can­cer re­cently, and the doc­tor told him that he needs to eat lots of fresh veg­eta­bles and fruit. The food bank has fresh pro­duce in the sum­mer from the com­mu­nity gar­den, and it has ben­e­fited both of us so much in our health.

The fresh food has made such a huge dif­fer­ence in how we both feel. There is no way we could af­ford the food nor­mally, and so the food bank has helped us stay as healthy as we can on a lim­ited bud­get.

I started vol­un­teer­ing at the com­mu­nity gar­den ev­ery Tues­day dur­ing the spring and sum­mer, and wa­tered the gar­dens in the evenings and then started weed­ing, har­vest­ing and prun­ing after they put in the au­to­matic sprin­klers.

I have met so many nice peo­ple there and even when I was not feel­ing up to gar­den­ing was in­vited to just come and sit at the ta­ble in the gar­den and visit with oth­ers. There is a real ca­ma­raderie with the peo­ple at the gar­dens, and it has ben­e­fited us so much.

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