EDITORIAL: Don’t forget about the food bank

The numbers are staggering: more than 1,100 people need to go to the Sidney Lions Food Bank to help make ends meet

The numbers are staggering: more than 1,100 children, men and women need to go to the Sidney Lions Food Bank in Sidney to help make ends meet.

That’s 1,100 people who go there each month for basic staples. Many are seniors on fixed incomes. They all need what the food bank offers.

Living in, or close to, poverty is a reality for many people on the Peninsula, despite the area’s reputation as being home to those of a more affluent background. Their choices every day are a lot harder than many people can — or even want to — comprehend. Pay the rent or buy food. Eat or be able to afford prescription medications. They are hard choices to make and services like the food bank and other outreach programs on the Peninsula are doing their best to help make those decisions easier.

For the food bank and various local lunch programs to continue reaching out to people, they need people to pay attention all year long.

It’s a holiday tradition, usually around Christmas, for people and businesses to collect food and donations for the food bank. Normally, that generosity can keep the shelves full for months. There are times, however, when the supplies simply run short.

This is one of those times.

That is why we are hoping our communities on the Peninsula take notice and help keep the food bank shelves full of the staples of life. It’s a service that needs our support year-round and every little bit helps.

Food banks are a reality in our society, as the issues surrounding poverty will not go away. It’s all fine and good to talk about ending poverty, but there are seemingly few actions being taken that really will eliminate it. The fact is, there will be men, women and children who will require the services of a food bank — whether it be due to job losses, health concerns or other issues. As a society, we have stepped up to help make sure our neighbours are not forgotten when they really need some help.

We need to remember that our generosity is required throughout the year — and those who do regularly donate to the food bank should be thanked for doing so.

Sidney’s food bank needs our help to meet the needs of others. If you’re in a position to do so, think about donating this summer.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

VIDEO: Ojibwe man marks completion of five-day ‘healing walk’ from Hope to Saanich

Claremont Secondary students join celebration in Cordova Bay

MISSING: Saanich police search for 18-year-old last seen Sept. 9

Robyn Coker-Steel has short purple hair, frequents downtown Victoria

PHOTOS: 2nd calf in a month confirmed among Southern Resident killer whale pod

Center for Whale Research said they will eagerly await to observe the calf to evaluate its health

Saanich police encourage safe driving habits as rain leads to pooling on roadways

Slow down, inspect vehicle ahead of driving in wet autumn weather

Victoria police seek suspect in parkade break and enter

Cycling gear, tools reported stolen from vehicle, storage locker

B.C. records 98 more COVID-19 cases, most in Lower Mainland

One new senior home outbreak, Surrey Memorial outbreak over

POLL: Do you agree with the decision to call a provincial election for Oct. 24?

British Columbians will put their social distancing skills to the test when… Continue reading

Vancouver Island Tour de Rock riders roll into Parksville Qualicum Beach

Saturday’s schedule includes Port Alberni, Ucluelet and Tofino, followed by Nanaimo on Sunday

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized from farm in Princeton

RCMP assisted as BC SPCA executed search warrant

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

$250K reward offered as investigation continues into Sea to Sky Gondola vandalism

Police also asking for specific footage of Sea to Sky highway around time of incident

Trudeau ‘disappointed’ by RCMP treatment of Sikh officers over mask issue

World Sikh Organization of Canada said taking Sikh officers off the front lines constitutes discrimination

Liberals reach deal with NDP on COVID-19 aid bill, likely averting election

NDP and the Liberals have reached an agreement on COVID-19 sick-leave

Most Read