Wood Buffalo Food Bank usage escalating

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Wood Buffalo Food Bank usage escalating

An unexpected spike in demand is depleting donations at the Wood Buffalo Food Bank.

Executive Director Arianna Johnson says their shelves are becoming bare in light of a jump in clientele.

The organization handed out 158 hampers in February compared with 111 during the same month in 2012.

So far in 2013, the number of hampers given out has increased 36 per cent versus the same period last year.

Johnson says a flood of new workers to the region is putting a major strain on their resources.

"The only thing I can really point a finger at is we've had a drastic increase in the number of single people using our service," says Johnson.

"I think that a lot of people think that we're about to boom again, that we're about to go back to the employment situation we were in 3-4 years ago, when you can get off the bus and get a job. They're not doing their research and they're spending their last dollar to get here."

Given the current demand, Johnson says those in need of their services should book well in advance.

"Even though we're only two months into the year, we're probably four months into our food."

For more information on how to donate, visit www.woodbuffalofoodbank.com.
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