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Food Bank Use Jumps at Winnipeg Harvest

September 29, 2009 6:05 AM | News

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.