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NWT Food Banks See Increased Demand

Food Banks Canada has released its annual report and the numbers are dramatic. In March of last year there was a 15 per cent increase in those needing help from food programs and a 35 per cent jump from the same month in 2019.

David Brinson is the executive director at the Northwest Territories Salvation Army, and says their numbers are up substantially in 2022.

“We have served so far this year 1,400 more people than we did all year last year.”

He adds that people are having a harder time balancing their budgets, which is contributing to the situation.

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“Many folks are saying that they have to balance their money, and where it’s going, and with the increasing food costs, they’re finding it more and more difficult to provide enough food, as well as take core of other utility bills, or other expenses they have in the home.”

Brinson adds they can always use more food, particularly donated goods, as it costs them a considerable amount of money to buy food themselves. He reminds us to only donate food that is not past its expiry date. He has stated that corporate sponsors and private donors have been stepping up to help, but that they could always use more assistance.

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