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Feeding the hungry in Vancouver

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

December 16, 2010 — With the official start of winter less than a week away, food donations at local food banks are down across British Columbia.

A food bank feeds the hungry in Vancouver
A food bank feeds the hungry in Vancouver

The holiday season is a time for giving; but in parts of British Columbia this year, donations to food banks are down.

“Food has become very expensive,” says Cheryl Carline, CEO of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. “People are reluctant to take things out of their cupboards. Everybody needs what they've been able to purchase.”

At any given event, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society feeds more than 2-thousand of Vancouver's homeless. Food donations are down about 20 per cent in the city, and double that at other locations.

Carline is hoping that things will change when the winter season officially begins.

Food banks across BC are in desperate need of non-perishable food items
Food banks across BC are in desperate need of non-perishable food items

“When the weather gets cold and you see people outside and hungry, people really step up to the plate and help each other out,” she says.

Food bank officials say this is the worst supply and demand situation they've seen in 25 years.

While donations are down in Vancouver, the situation is even more dire in some of the suburbs. This week, the food bank in Port Moody ran out of food for the first time ever. They're calling the shortage of donations a crisis.

If you're looking to help out, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society suggests asking holiday party guests to bring non-perishable food items as a donation to the food bank.

Wondering what to expect in British Columbia this upcoming season? Check The Weather Network's Winter Outlook 2010 / 2011.

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