With generous donations from business and individuals in our community continue to provide a food bank for people in our community. This year we will provide food from September to May. We are a member of Food Banks BC and as part of that organization we fill out a Hunger Count Survey.
In March the Food Bank gave out 112 boxes of food. Those 112 boxes represented 93 children and 204 adults. 60 percent of these were families with children, while 40 percent were couples or single individuals.
63 percent of the recipients are on social assistance, 7.3 percent are on a pension, 8.4 percent had no income, 14.7 percent work at low paying jobs, 2.1 percent are on unemployment assistance, and 5.6 percent are on disability. All recipients meet the criteria to be eligible in accordance with Food Banks BC.
Another interesting question that was asked was about living circumstances. One individual stated that they are living on the street. 22 individuals do not have a home and are temporarily staying with friends or family.
If you wish to contribute to the food bank you may do so through the Bella Coola Community Support Society. Located at 1028 Elcho Street, Box 22, Bella Coola. Monetary donations are eligible for a charitable tax receipt through the Community Support Society. For more information call Teresa McCausland at 250 799 5588.