A lack of resources could close the Atikokan food bank, according to the Atikokan Native Friendship Centre.

The Friendship Centre has run and housed the local food bank for the past 20 years but the executive director said food prices are rising, and resources are stretched.

Julie Slack

Public Health Nutritionist Julie Slack says a new plan needs to be mapped out at an emergency meeting so that a food bank remains open in Atikokan. (supplied)

"I hope that other people can take it over,” Veran said. “And we will help, like, we will be involved in it. But just to maybe they have fresh ideas how to do things."   

Deloris Veran said she believes there's been a rising demand at the food bank, with as many as 90 people relying on it some months.

"A scary time..."

Julie Slack, a dietician and the co-chair of local committee concerned with access to food in Atikokan, said the committee is holding an emergency meeting Wednesday night to discuss other options.

“We're going to have to find a location,” Slack said. “We're going to have to find funds for that location. We're going to have to possibly find - like basically to map out the entire plan… truly, it's a scary time because we don't know. We just don't know."

The meeting takes place at 6 p.m.  at the Northwestern Health Unit board room.

"I'm optimistic," Slack said. "Atikokan is a pretty special community, and people really do come forward in time of need."

For now, the Friendship Centre is still running a food bank, but it is only able to provide perishable goods.