In the past couple of days I’ve received two emails regarding the level of supplies at local food banks in the Kootenays. These organizations fill in the gap between government assistance and a diet that is healthy, and are usually staffed by volunteers and supplied through donations.
The Kerr Apartment fire in Nelson likely drained a number of local resources as local groups banded together to assist those who were left with nothing. Unfortunately, there are many who need assistance, and generally, I think the ability for others to support them is weakening slightly. The will is still there, but the sense of security in their own “wealth” is diminishing, as the Kootenay region’s economy feels a bit more ragged than other places in Western Canada I’ve visited recently.
This matches with some of what the official stats are telling us:
In December 2010, the Kootenay Development Region (the three East and West Kootenay Regional Districts) had a 3-month moving average unemployment rate of 8.7 per cent, the highest in B.C.
Give, if you’ve got some to spare. Next time you are at the grocery store, drop a can of soup or two in the food bank bin, or write a cheque to your local organization so that funds can be allocated to the areas of need.