Our BC community food banks help 103,464 people in our province every month… one third of these are children.
Last year through the national food sharing system, we distributed more than 1.8 million pounds of food worth close 4.5 million dollars to our food banks! Additionally through our BC Share program each year, our community food banks receive more than 1 million dollars of fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy products! When you donate to Food Banks BC you help us to help them… With your support, we can grow and strengthen our province’s 99 food banks so that chronic hunger in our local communities is alleviated and long term solutions to hunger are found.
2016 Hunger Count Release
The 2016 Hunger Count has vital information on hunger in BC.
Every month food banks in BC help 103,464 individuals, more than 32% being children. Many people don’t realize that it could be their neighbour or co-worker who needs help from a food bank in BC. Why? …because there is no typical person that turns to a food bank for help.
It may be a family where both parents are working, but just don’t have enough left over from each paycheque to fully feed their family. It may be a senior whose fixed income just doesn’t stretch far enough. It may be someone who is experiencing a sudden illness, a job loss, has a chronic health problem or is perhaps providing care to a family members. It may be a single parent who is struggling.
In conjunction with Food Banks Canada, our members participate in the Annual Hunger Count. This helps us to understand who needs the services of our provincial food banks and how we can better help create a hunger free future for them.
For more details on hunger in our province read the 2016 Hunger Count.