food bank bust 

Food Bank is bust Whistler’s community food bank is again facing crisis after the month of November drained its resources. Community services co-ordinator Janet McDonald says that the food bank helped more than 400 people last month, using up roughly $6,000 worth of goods. This is the worst crunch the food bank has ever faced. "I don’t know what’s different about this year. We haven’t figured that out. But I can tell you once the December crunch is over we’ll sit down in January and try pretty hard to figure it out. Right now we are just responding to the crisis. There’s not a lot of time for planning at this point. So we’re putting out a big cry." Community response to the last food bank crisis in November was heartening. However all of the donations and cash have been used up. Now the food bank is looking for new donations of peanut butter, pasta, pasta sauce, rice, oatmeal, canned vegetables, fruit, tuna, KD, soups and any dry goods. "We always run out of peanut butter, pasta and pasta sauce first. Cash is also very useful. Then we can buy whatever we’ve run out of. There are donation boxes in the grocery stores so people tend to remember when they’re there. We also have a bunch of bins around Marketplace. "We’ve never been this hard hit before. We’ve gone way over budget. Usually the goods we collect at Christmas time last until July, then we use our money donations. But we can’t sustain this at the rate of 400 people a month."

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