Goldstream Food Bank volunteers

Business as usual at the Goldstream Food Bank for Hunger Awareness Week

Donate to the food bank between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., 761 Station Ave., on the first three Tuesdays and Wednesdays of each month.

It was business as usual at the Goldstream Food Bank for Hunger Awareness Week, May 7 to 11.

While donations seemed about the same as ever, food bank president Gayle Ireland explained it takes time for people to respond once the word is put out that help is needed.

“We will probably see the results in a week or two,” Ireland said. “I am happy we have Hunger Awareness Week, but people need to be aware all year long. We are coming into our leanest time.”

Summer is the toughest time for the Goldstream Food Bank.

Last year, the food bank shelves ran nearly dry in August.

It was the barest the shelves had ever been in 20 years. Summer months are tougher because many donors are on vacation.

“Please keep us in your hearts and continue to support us,” Ireland said.

Donations can be dropped off at the food bank, but Ireland suggests the easiest way to donate is at collection boxes in West Shore grocery stores.

“If people wish to get a ‘thank you’ for it, they can attach their name and address and postal code to the food,” Ireland suggests.

Children’s snacks, juice boxes, coffee  and canned soups and stews are some of the key items food bank volunteers would love to see come in. Ireland hopes people donating also consider food for hungry pets.

“We always need pet food, especially cat food, we can’t keep up with cat food,” Ireland said.

Each month, the Goldstream Food Bank serves up to 900 clients, with more than 30 per cent infants and children.

Donate to the food bank between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., 761 Station Ave., on the first three Tuesdays and Wednesdays of each month. For more information, call 250-474-4443.

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