CBC B.C.'s Food Bank Day returns December 2

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Learn about B.C.'s food banks and who you're supporting when you make a donation to Food Banks BC. 

Food Bank Facts

  1. One out of every three food bank users in British Columbia is a child.

  2. In the last year, the number of clients utilizing a food bank in B.C. has increased by more than 23% and monthly food bank visits have increased by nearly 25%. 

  3. Since 2021, there has been a significant increase in food bank use among people who are typically disproportionately impacted by poverty, including racialized groups, persons with a disability, and immigrants and refugees. 

  4. People who work full-time are coming to food banks more than ever before.

  5. B.C. has the highest number of seniors (65+ years) accessing food bank services in Canada.

  6. Ucluelet's food bank is Food Banks BC's most westerly member and serves 155 individuals monthly.

  7. The most northern Food Banks BC member is in Fort Nelson and receives 516 visits per month.

  8. Approximately 3,000 babies under the age of two receive monthly help from a B.C. food bank.

  9. Each month, B.C.'s food banks serve over 250,000 meals through shelters, soup kitchens and school lunch programs—this is double the number from 2021.

  10. Financial contributions allow food banks to better meet the dietary needs of an increasingly diverse client group. This includes acquiring more culturally or dietary appropriate foods, such as halal or gluten-free options.

  11. While demand for food banks has increased, donations have dropped by nearly 30%. With food banks needing to purchase more food that's more expensive, the need for support is greater than ever.