Summerland food bank distributes hampers

Increase seen in number of holiday hampers and number of food bank recipients this year

Once again the Summerland Food Bank and Resource Centre has distributed holiday food hampers to individuals and families in the community, with 137 hampers filled.

John Bubb, president of the food bank, said the number represents an increase from last year, when 133 hampers were distributed.

The number of food bank recipients throughout the past year has also shown an increase, Bubb said.

So far this year, it has provided assistance to 247 households within the community.

This includes 351 adults and 138 children, for a total of 489 people.

This works out to one in 24 people, based on Summerland’s 2016 population figure of 11,615.

By comparison, last year there were 136 children and 334 adults, for a total of 470 people in 223 homes.

The Summerland Food Bank was formed in March, 1984. By the end of that month, seven requests had been received and seven hampers had been distributed.

Bubb said the food bank had seen a slight decline in numbers in recent years, but this year the trend shifted.

He added that he expects to see the need in the community continue.

“I don’t think it’s solvable at the local level,” he said.

One suggestion is for a guaranteed annual income, in order to ensure all people have enough money to live on.

Bubb said this method has been implemented in Ontario and other regions, but added that it is a challenge to set up a guaranteed annual income program.

“It’s very hard politically to implement something like that,” he said.

Food bank use is not limited to Summerland. It has become a factor in communities across the country. Canada has more than 550 food banks.

According to Food Banks Canada, more than 850,000 people each month use food banks for assistance. More than one-third are children and youths.

Recent information from First Call, a coalition of child and youth advocates, states that 691,710 British Columbians live in poverty. This includes 153,300 children 17 and younger, or 18.3 per cent of children in the province.

Just Posted

Talks continue on structure of regional fire departments

Okanagan-Similkameen directors heard under the current structure the CAO’s title would need to change

PRICK! sees increase in patients

The rainbow friendly service offers STI and HIV screening monthly

First Things First evoking the power of song and play

Environmental group educating through entertainment

Super blood wolf moon fills Okanagan skies, to photographers’ delight

Photographers had a rare chance Sunday to capture a rare lunar eclipse

COLUMN: It’s a new year — let’s get active

Exercise is one of those things we can love and hate all… Continue reading

UPDATE: B.C. legislature managers accused of excessive travel, personal expense claims

Clerk Craig James, security chief Gary Lenz call allegations ‘completely false’

B.C. man fined $10,000 after leaving moose to suffer before death

Surrey man was convicted last week on three Wildlife Act charges

Man charged in 7-Eleven fire in Shuswap granted bail

Accused facing arson charges released with 23 conditions including a 7 p.m. curfew

‘Blue Monday’ isn’t real, but depression can be

CMHA encourages people to prioritize their mental health

Anti-pipeline group wants NEB to consider impact of emissions, climate change filed NEB motion asking to apply same standard to the project as it did with Energy East pipeline

Parole granted for drunk driver who killed B.C. RCMP officer

Kenneth Jacob Fenton will be able to attend alcohol abuse treatment, nearly three years after crash that killed Const. Sarah Beckett

B.C. man charged in 2014 snake venom death of toddler

Henry Thomas was taking care of the North Vancouver girl the day before she died

B.C.’s largest public-sector union wants inquiry into money laundering, drugs

Union officials say Premier John Horgan and Attorney General David Eby have not ruled out the possibility of a public inquiry

Teen in confrontation with Native American: I didn’t provoke

Nick Sandmann of Covington Catholic High School said he was trying to defuse the situation

Most Read