The Calgary Food Bank has been facing some new challenges this spring. We are now seeing the full force of the economic downturn. The numbers of families coming infor emergency food hampers has increased dramatically. We have seen an average of 166% increase in “layoff” given as the reason why people need a hamper. This does not take into account the people who have been laid off but give other reasons for needing food, such as having no income in the last 30 days or waiting on EI. Others were laid off and were living off their savings and were struck with a personal crisis.
In real numbers this means we are providing an average of 5,000 – 5,500 emergency food hampers a month. In March we hit 5,700 hampers. Last year, we provided an average of 2,500 – 3,000 hampers a month.
We have been able to face this increase in demand head on because of the tremendous generosity of Calgarians. With you walking beside us we are able to make sure that everyone who walks through our doors gets the food and resources they need to make it through these tough times with their dignity intact. None of this would be possible without you and we can’t thank you enough.