Food bank facing toughest time of year

Justin Dickie
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Food banks everywhere benefit greatly from that giving, caring mood that personifies the holiday season, but by the midway point of the new year it can be slim pickings for those in need.

Food bank facing toughest time of year

Food banks everywhere benefit greatly from that giving, caring mood that personifies the holiday season, but by the midway point of the new year it can be slim pickings for those in need.

"Once this time of year comes, people don't think about the food bank as far as giving is concerned. The need is still there," said Amherst Food Assistance Network chairperson Charlotte Ross. "They're busy doing other things. They're getting their cottages open, they're getting summer vacation planned and all those kinds of things and they're just not thinking of those who still need it."

Right now the food bank is adequately stocked, thanks to the recent door-to-door food drive put on by the Y's Men and Y's Menettes. But Ross said because many people were away the weekend of the drive, the quantity of food brought in wasn't what it could have been.

While support is concentrated at Christmas time, it drops off afterward and by this time of year times are tough. With more than 200 families in the Amherst area using the food bank monthly, it can be a struggle to keep resources plentiful. The recent food drive has helped, but Ross said the food bank is still short on several items.

Ross said the need for food banks could be abolished altogether if government would step in.

"Governments need to first of all recognize the problem. They don't seem to want to do that very much," she said. "If our goods are too high then people's income needs to be increased and that causes all kinds of problems with governments and businesses. I don't see in the near future that its going to stop, but I'd like to be able to close the door.

"Until that problem is solved, food banks will be around."



jdickie@amherstdaily.com

Geographic location: Amherst

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