A boost in the number of people turning to Sources’ White Rock/South Surrey Food Bank for the holidays has officials scrambling to meet the need.
Denise Darrell, Sources’ director of women, seniors and community services, said Friday while cash donations are on par with those seen at this time last year, the money is having to be stretched farther.
“We’re serving more people, so the cash isn’t going as far,” Darrell said.
Last year, about 700 people benefited from Christmas food hampers; this year – with the last hampers being distributed on Monday (Dec. 23) – that number is expected to exceed 800.
“The numbers are up substantially – I was shocked.”
Darrell said donations of food items are always appreciated, but said food bank officials can turn a $1 cash donation into $3 worth of food.
“We have three times the purchasing power,” she said. “I’m not sure people realize that.”
The funds are used to purchase fresh produce and dairy products, she said.
Anyone who would like to donate may do so until 4:30 p.m. today; between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 21); or between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday (Dec. 23).
The food bank is located at 2343 156 St.