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Overworked Food Bank Feeding
Injured Workers as WorkSafeBC Reports Surpluses Over $2.2 Billion -
" . . . a total comprehensive surplus of $971 million for
2006 . . . In addition, an unappropriated surplus of $1.3 billion . . .
May 11 2007
Empty food bank shelves, freezers testament of dire need
"The food bank is benefitting the working poor in the Comox
Valley, along with students, pensioners, and persons on WCB and disability
funding. " By Matthew Strader
The Comox Valley Food Bank
needs a Christmas this month.
Low? Ha! lamented
food bank volunteer Carol Fischmann as she gave a tour filled with empty
shelves, barren freezers and stories of frustration and heartache.
desperate. And thats the truth.
The Christmas rush has ended
for the food bank. It happens every year, and the staff is ready for it, but
the drought in donations this year has been like no other, and Fischmann can
only ask the community to react.
Were a caring
town, said Fischmann. This entire place is volunteer run, from the
Everyone donates their
time and money because they care right now, we need people
to care enough to bring food.
The food supplies are getting
so low that the bank has specific needs.
It isnt just the
extras that were low on, said Fischmann.
She explained the food bank
will give extras (treats) with many of the items they give out. The extra in
the bag Fischmann opened up for this tour was a can of cranberries.
Staples the food bank are in
need of now include: laundry soap, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products,
sugar, coffee, cereal, peanut butter
The food bank is down to one
two kilogram bag of sugar for this entire week. Only three jars of peanut
butter were available last week for dispensing to needy families.
Fischmann also noted that
volunteers are feeling the stress of saying, no.
Were all here to
help, added Fischmann. None of us want to turn anyone away.
The Food Bank helped more
1,300 people last month on Thursdays bag-day alone.
In their current condition
they have been tapping into a reserve of donated money to buy such essentials
as rice and ground beef.
This past Monday they had 29
boxes of bread compared to the usual 60.
A little more than one
shopping cart of cans sits ready for the week, a number Fischmann said would
usually be around four or five. The food bank is benefitting the working poor
in the Comox Valley, along with students, pensioners, and persons on WCB and
It is not just the
homeless, said Fischmann. This is for the entire community.
The food bank is open Mondays
to Wednesdays from 8 a.m. until noon. On Thursdays they open for bag day from
10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Fridays they open from 8 a.m. to noon.
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