Whistler's Food Bank is heading back home.
Starting today, Sept. 23, the local Food Bank will once again be open and accepting drop-in visitors at its 8000 Nesters Road location (by the Re-Use-It Centre).
The Food Bank, operated by the Whistler Community Services Society, has been operating out of the Whistler Conference Centre since April. The Food Bank temporarily moved to the Conference Centre space in order to better manage the uptick in demand for its services that was brought on by the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Since we started preparing to serve clients experiencing food insecurity due to COVID-19, we have seen about a three-fold increase in demand at the Food Bank compared to the same time last year,” noted Lori Pyne, the then-acting executive director of WCSS, in a release at the time. “This temporary move to The Whistler Conference Centre and the additional help from resort partners will ensure we can continue to operate safely and efficiently to help those who need it most with emergency food.”
The conference centre, owned by the Resort Municipality of Whistler and operated by Tourism Whistler, was offered to WCSS at no cost.
Moving forward, the Food Bank will be open every Wednesday and Friday between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., and does not require its visitors to make appointments.