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LETHBRIDGE: As residents gear up for another food-related holiday, a rising need suggests many won't have a traditional Thanksgiving this year. Organizers are reporting a 25 per cent upswing in use at local food banks compared to the same time last year.

"There's definitely a huge cost of living here in Lethbridge," Tonya Woolford, the executive director of the Lethbridge Food Bank told Country 95 News about the possible cause. "Rent is not cheap so if you're working a part-time job or even a minimum wage job, trying to go to school or anything like that, you definitely will not be making enough to support everything in your household."

She said many of the clients who use the service are working, with families. Half of them are children.

At Lethbridge's Interfaith Food Bank, the usage spike is about the same. They're reporting an average 650 to 850 hampers needed per month. Executive Director Danielle McIntyre says while the local food banks aren't doing anything special for Thanksgiving (their main push is for Christmas meal trimmings), there's plenty you can do in the meantime to help.

"First and easiest one is to give us food. We are always recruiting non-perishable food items," said McIntyre. "The other thing is funds. We are always looking for money to help purchase those things that we need most." She said cash helps pay for fresh vegetables and produce which help raise the hampers' nutritional value. You can visit either organization's website to find more items on their "wish lists."

Posted on Thursday, October 06, 2011 at 4/16/2014 10:23:13 AM
Source: Marion Warnica, Country 95 News - photo by Country 95 News: Lethbridge Food Bank worker Scott Newinger stocks a shelf
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