Food insecurity is becoming a growing concern in the Saskatoon area as COVID-19 cases rise.
The news comes as Thanksgiving approaches and families across the country struggle with unemployment and increased food insecurity.
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Brian Greene, President and CEO of Saskatoon Food Bank, says this phenomenon is not a seasonal accident or a fleeting problem.
“This is not a short-term thing,” Green said, according to Marcelino Benito of KHOU 11. “This is not a Thanksgiving thing, we will do this for a long time.”
Right now, the Saskatoon Food Bank is severely affected in both the supply and availability of volunteers. The nonprofit distributes 800,000 pounds of food every day. That’s 350,000 pounds more than before COVID-19.
As the amount of food that is distributed increases, the number of volunteers who help with the task has decreased dramatically.
“We went from 85,000 [volunteers] a year to the last month when we only had 2,200 volunteers, “Greene said.
If you’d like to support the Saskatoon Food Bank’s efforts this holiday season, you can register online here.