Wall of Preserves & PicklesIn 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.

Source: The West Kootenay’s Incredible Shrinking Labour Force

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.

Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.

One reply on “Local Food Banks”

  1. Well said, Mike,

    One ever knows when you might be the next one who needs this incredible service.

    Hats off, Appreciation and Respect to Castlegar’s Community Harvest Food Bsnk, Deb McIntosh, the Volunteers and the Donors.

    Raymond Koehler
    4363 Broadwater Road,
    Castlegar, BC v1N

    Voice Mail: 250.304.2157

    Email: raymond(at)raymondkoehler.ca

    (currently in Treatment & Therapy BC Cancer Centre – Kelowna)

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