StarPhoenix, May 10, 2016 –
Saskatoon residents donated 78,894 pounds of food to the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre during the 11th annual citywide food drive on Saturday.
That’s an increase compared to last year’s total of 66,000 pounds, executive director Laurie O’Connor said.
The donations come at a crucial time. The food bank has seen a sharp increase in usage — it now serves 20,000 people a month, almost half of whom are children, compared to 12,000 people each month in 2014, she said.
“We’re pretty thrilled to have our shelves restocked.”
“If someone is struggling, that’s definitely going to put a bigger strain on their budget as well.”
She reminds people that support is still needed through the summer, since families don’t have access to school lunch programs and fewer people in the city are around to volunteer and donate food.