The rising cost of food is creating a struggle for a local soup kitchen. The St. Vincent De Paul Society has spent nearly $600 more each month this year on fruits and vegetables.
Chair of the society, Bernie Goold says the increase in the number of people using her soup kitchen has been been drastic.
“Our numbers for breakfast are up 25 to 35 (people) in the morning and 40 to 50 every day at lunch time.”
Stats Can reports the price of vegetables rose 18 per cent in B.C. last year, while fruits increase by 12 per cent.
UNBC Economist, Jalil Safaei cites the low Canadian dollar as a major cause.
“Ensuring food security now becomes an important problem and therefore whatever we can do in order to increase the limit production domestically would obviously benefit us in terms of at least stabilizing the prices for food.”
With increased food demand for low-income families, there’s now an even bigger burden on soup kitchens.