food bank 

Whistler’s other annual fall crunch, the run on the food bank, is now in effect. Janet McDonald of the Whistler Community Services Society says the food bank is low on food and just "barely okay for money to buy food." It costs between $400 and $500 per month to stock the food bank, in addition to donations of food received from the general public. McDonald says the food bank is hit hard every year at this time. As people arrive in town for the winter season they find jobs but the work usually doesn’t start until the mountains open for skiing. With little or no income many turn to the food bank. "We’re getting more families this year, and bigger families, too," McDonald added. Plaza Bistro is holding a special Thanksgiving dinner Monday, with proceeds going to the food bank. The dinner is $10 and reservations are recommended. Food bank donation bins are available at most grocery stores around town. McDonald says peanut butter and powdered milk are always needed.


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