Paradise food bank struggling after big rent hike

The food bank that services people in Conception Bay South and Paradise is struggling to make ends meet after their rent more than doubled.
Ashley Bungay, right, volunteers at the C.B.S./Paradise Community Food Bank. (CBC)

The food bank that services people in Conception Bay South and Paradise is struggling to make ends meet after their rent more than doubled.

Rent for the C.B.S./Paradise Community Food Bank used to be $750 per month, but jumped up to $2,000 per month, not including utilities.

Peter Wells, the chairman of the food bank, said the organization is still trying to find a more affordable spot in their area to operate out of.

"We're paying $2,000 a month, plus heat and light, so it's cost us $2,500 a month as opposed to $750 a month. Our real need right now is cash to build up our cash reserves again," Wells said.

"We're always in need — not only at Christmas time, but all year long. We have our overhead, we have salaries to pay, we have insurances to pay and all those things."

Volunteers at the food bank have been busy organizing food hampers for the needy in the community.

Ashley Bungay, who helped put together more than 250 packages for families in need, said it's an important gesture to ensure people feel like they are a part of their community.

"It gives them a lot of hope to know that their community loves them and sees them and wants to be able to help them during this time of year," she said.

Wells said while there's a struggle to make ends meet right now, it hasn't stopped the group from making sure every member of their community has enough to eat this holiday season.

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