Food Bank Use Jumps at Winnipeg Harvest

By Sarah Klein

Winnipeg HarvestMore Winnipeggers are relying on food banks than in previous years, according to information released by Winnipeg Harvest on Monday.

There has been a 24% increase in the number of school children using food banks, said executive director David Northcott. Food bank use has also jumped by 83% for the number of people on Employment Insurance.

The information comes just as the organization’s Brown Bag Thanksgiving campaign kicks off. Northcott says a lot more food will be needed this year to make up for the increase on people using their services.

Residents can expect to receive a brown paper bag in their mail this week. Simply fill it up with non-perishable food items and drop it off at any Safeway location.

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