Demand is “off the charts” at the Wood Buffalo Food Bank.
Two months after reopening following the wildfire the food bank in Fort McMurray is spending $9,000 a week on food items trying to meet an overwhelming demand. Food bank executive director Arianna Johnson says since reopening they’ve already distributed 5,000 hampers, more the total from all of last year. And Johnson tells Global News they’ve had to hire an addition nine staff members. “It’s a Catch-22. It’s good and bad. It’s bad because this many more people need the support. It’s good because we’re in a position to do it.”
Officials say 94% of those visiting the food bank have never needed help before and the increased demand for fresh food shows no sign of letting up.
The Alberta and Federal governments, along with officials from the Red Cross and the RM of Wood Buffalo today will announce matching provincial and federal funding for the area.
With files from Sarah Kraus, Global News