Just like all Food Banks in the Cariboo, Loaves and Fishes in 100 Mile House also seen an increase in the need for their service.
Chaplain Neil Endecott said they have seen a steady input in donations from residents to help meet the demand.
“As of noon yesterday (November 29) we have 69 registrations for hampers and looks like we’re going to be a little bit up from last year. I suspect we have two more sign in days next Wednesday (December 6) and the Wednesday after that (December 13) so we’re looking at probably 120 to 140 hampers this year.”
Endecott said because they are an emergency Food Bank they are allowed to bag down bulk items like oats, rice, sugar, those kind of things, we can bag them down and put them in our hampers to distribute at Christmas.
“Our numbers are up a little bit this year so far. In terms of our everyday Wednesday’s up until about a month or so ago we were probably getting around 30 hampers every Wednesday to distribute to the community. As of last week and this week we’re over 40 going out every Wednesday.”
Endecott said 100 Mile House is a very giving community.
“I’ve been further North and came down South here and there were some communities I was in, six thousand people, and this one, (100 Mile House) out gives a lot of communities I come from up North.”