Most of us are fortunate enough not to have to think about where our next meal is coming from. But too many families on the Sunshine Coast do not have that privilege. A variety of circumstances can result in families running short of supplies before their next pay cheque. With soaring housing prices and rent costs, people sometimes must choose between paying for shelter and having a meal.
Fortunately, there are four food banks on the Sunshine Coast whose purpose is to provide healthy food choices to those who, for whatever reason, need to supplement their food resources.
The Sunshine Coast Food Bank, operated by Sunshine Coast Community Services Society in Sechelt, the Pender Harbour Food Bank, and the Salvation Army and St. Bart's Food Banks, both in Gibsons, have joined together to ensure that food is available whenever families need it.
The food banks have established a permanent endowment with the Sunshine Coast Foundation. Over time this endowment will grow to support annual grants from the Foundation to each of the food banks to fund their operations. While grants from the endowment will never fund 100% of the food banks’ operations, they will provide a perpetual and sustainable source of revenues.
This spring, the four local food banks are hoping to raise $150,000 to support their programs and services. Please consider supporting this worthy effort.