Boundary Food Bank elects board

Boundary Sentinel
By Boundary Sentinel
May 1st, 2010

In 2009 the Boundary Community Food Bank Society provided a total of 1366 hampers, with an average (not including the summer when they’re open very limited hours) of 126 hampers per month. On Apr. 19 the society elected the board of directors that will continue this needed service in 2010 with Deb Billwiller taking the reigns as president. Food banks in British Columbia are facing unprecedented challenges in providing essential food to those in need, as Canda’s recession has forced more individuals and families to turn to food banks. They collectively feed 70,000 people in B.C. each month.

“So far this year we’re averaging 150 hampers per month which provides food for 275 people including 80 children. We also provided milk vouchers for 125 litres of milk each month (on average) and our volunteers – the best group of volunteers we could hope for – contributed an average of 291 hours each month,” said Bilwiller.

“The months of March, February & April this year, in that order, were our busiest months in well over three years.”

The Boundary society receives many community donations around Christmas and holidays, but it is this time of year that they really need support. The majority of food banks receive no government funding and depend on the public to help in the fight against hunger.

On National Hunger Awareness Day, June 1, Food Bank BC’s members are joining Food Banks Canada in calling on all Canadians to donate funds, food or time to ensure food banks can continue to meet the needs of BC’s hungry during this difficult economic time.

Contact your local food bank and see how you can help by donating your time, food or cash. You can make a difference in the fight against hunger in your community!

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