TRURO – Supplies at the Colchester Food Bank are dwindling this summer.
The facility’s co-ordinator, Mary DeAdder, told the Truro Daily News food bank representatives have to purchase a lot of the goods that will go to clients because donations are down.
“We are buying and using as we go because it’s not on the shelves … and because we have a higher (number) of clients so we are buying more compared to last summer,” said DeAdder.
The co-ordinator attributes the need for food, in part, to people and groups who usually donate being unavailable due to vacations, and schools and organizations closing for the summer.
The co-ordinator said in June there were 1,053 food boxes given to clients, which was surprising.
“That’s our Christmas number … it’s so high I thought I miscounted,” said DeAdder.
Despite the challenges, DeAdder remains ever the optimist.
“We are going to be OK. I know the support is still there … the community is good to us and community gardens keep our doors open every summer.”
Anyone wishing to make a donation to the food bank is encouraged to drop off items such as soup, canned milk and meat, pasta, sugar, butter and crackers.