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Brantford Food Bank usage hits recession levels

Local NewsBrantford Food Bank usage hits recession levels

The Brantford Food Bank experienced record high use, with over 2,991 people supported and 1,314 household visits in September.

The Brantford Food Bank is facing registration numbers they have not seen since the 2008 recession. Ongoing inflation, increased food prices, and the struggle for affordable housing are creating food insecurity for thousands of people in our community.

“As we enter the Thanksgiving weekend, we are reminded that there are many in our community who need our help,” said Heather Vanner, Executive Director. “Almost 3,000 people were supported by the Food Bank in September. Without the continued support of our community we cannot help those coming through our doors. This is a very difficult time for individuals and families who have been impacted by increased living costs. Wages and social assistance rates are not keeping up with the high cost of food and the rising costs
of housing. We are seeing the impact every single day.”

The Brantford Food Bank provides individuals and families with a 3–5-day supply of food, once per month. Over 1,300 households used the program last month.

The Food Bank also operates the Community Food Share program that supports 17 other community food and meal programs. Food Bank use has doubled in the past year, with a 56% increase in household registrations since September 2022.

“We are in the perfect storm,” explained Vanner. “Everyone is feeling the impact of rising costs. Donors may be re-considering making food or monetary donations because their household budget is being stretched. We are asking our community to consider just how much harder this situation is on individuals and families who were already struggling or are just getting by.”

If you want to help, financial contributions are encouraged. Funds give the organization with the ability to purchase the food items most households need and provides the organization with the financial stability to keep operating.

Monetary Donations can be made to the Brantford Food Bank, #202 – 1100 Clarence St. S., Brantford, ON N3S7N8 or online at www.brantfordfoodbank.ca.

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