With the rising inflation around Canada this is making food more costly for not only Canadian families but for charities like food banks and other groups as well.
They are also seeing a rise in demand for food too. For the food bank in Chilliwack for example, they reportedly estimate that they have seen about a 25% bump in demand for help with food in the community.
For some who are buying and packing up groceries to give to others in the community they are suffering with this increase in cost, it could mean not being able to help as many in the future if things get worse.
Food banks continue to be in need of donations and help from communities around BC as they see things get more expensive and they see demand for their services also rise.
Responding to food insecurity around BC
There are a variety of community responses we have seen to the growing need for food help and dealing with food insecurity in Canada.
One of those has been to open a food market in Vancouver that allows customers to pay what they can afford. Other ideas have been community fridges that get supplied by volunteers in the community and they’ve been placed already in different BC cities.
Food banks alone cannot meet the need that is there for food insecurity around BC and the country.
There are a large number of Canadians who are food insecure and who have had to already change their buying habits because of that inflation.
1 in 7 Canadians dealing with food insecurity
Some estimates suggest that it might be 1 in 7 Canadians who are dealing with food insecurity and inflation is already increasing costs for Canadians for their groceries around BC and elsewhere.
Families can already feel that decrease in their standard of living and have been adjusting for it in a myriad of creative ways. It might be purchasing off-brand goods, spending less altogether, dropping certain favorite food items, buying with coupons, or looking to sign up for point programs.
These are a few ways that Canadians have looked to cut their grocery costs and save during these difficult times with inflation in Canada.
The increasing costs could mean some families spending hundreds of dollars more on their grocery bills this year. And it has been pushing more Canadians to look to food banks for help.
For Canadians who are already spending 40%-50% of their income or more on their shelter costs alone they are not going to have much room to absorb those increasing costs for their daily living needs.
Stress about inflation in Canada
Surveys have suggested that inflation is a major concern for many Canadians today, a number of people are worrying about their financial future related to inflation and whether or not rates might soar.
Finance experts have warned that it is those lower income and fixed income individuals that we can expect will suffer greater with that increase in cost of living.
Inflation today is a top issue for many Canadians as they wonder what politicians might do to advance that issue and work to address it in a meaningful way.
Charities addressing food insecurity
There are hundreds of food banks located around Canada, with a variety in BC to be found serving the community.
These different food banks and charitable organizations are helping to keep Canadians fed and working to help keep those individuals and families from going hungry.
These food banks are doing vital work by stepping in to address that food insecurity around the province and the nation.
As grocery costs climb for families around the country they also are going to be climbing for these organizations that purchase goods to meet those needs for others who are struggling with food insecurity.