Word that food prices are on the rise substantially this winter is not good news for anyone – but especially not for the Regina Food Bank.
“We’re purchasing fresh items and food for those hampers,” explained Steve Compton, CEO of the food bank. “It’s going to have a direct effect on what we are able to include.”
As well as making it tougher for the food bank to buy the food needed to augment the food hampers, it could reduce food donations from the public also dealing with the higher food costs.
Compton says the higher costs can also affect what people are able to donate to the food bank.
Overall, he says the the biggest concern is for anyone on fixed income.
“We all feel that (higher food prices) in the pocket book,” he said. “But for families on limited incomes and for food banks, trying to stretch their dollars its an unwelcome issue.”
The projection is for food prices to rise substantially through the winter, partially because of our falling Canadian dollar in a country where most of our food is imported.