At the Central Okanagan Foodbank, volunteers are gearing up for the annual Thanksgiving food drive, hoping it gives the organization the boost it so desperately needs.
That’s because donations are down but the demand for food hampers is unlike anything the food bank has ever seen.
“It’s unprecedented,” said Trevor Moss, chief executive officer for the Central Okanagan Food Bank. “People are really struggling right now. They’re having the courage to come, but they’re just struggling big time.”
The demand is so high that in the past five months alone, the food bank, which serves Kelowna and West Kelowna, has seen roughly 1,000 first-time food bank users.
“People do not have enough money at the end of the month,” Moss said. “We are seeing a big rise in working families coming to the food bank, and single individuals that are renting places by themselves.”