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Clarenville food bank supplies are depleted


Supplies are down and demand is up at the Clarenville food bank.

The Salvation Army has been running the food bank in the area for the last 20 years with their holiday season drive being the time they replenish supplies.

But Captain Yvonne LeDrew says the supplies didn't last as long this year.

“There’s an increase in people looking for food due to the economy. People are out of work and this time of the year the donations are a bit slow,” LeDrew told The Packet.

The holiday season drive usually lasted them until mid July, but this year they barely made it until June. There is also a misconception that the food bank only accepts donations at Christmas, instead of all year round.

The food bank is open once a week and is open to the public on Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

“People usually use it on the last week before their check when they are running low. It’s also for low income families to provide babies with food and milk,” says LeDrew.

The food bank helps families supply their children with school lunches.

LeDrew says the items needed this time of year are milk, teabags, peanut butter, beans, Kraft Dinner, spaghetti sauce and breakfast cereal.

Donations can be dropped off the Clarenville Salvation Army Citadel, but LeDrew says the best way to make donations is to drop them off at the donation boxes at No Frills, Sobey’s or Co-Op.

LeDrew says she is hearing from those using the food bank that they are often making a choice between paying their light bill, rent or cutting back on groceries.

“People just need help. Their income doesn’t meet their expenses. It’s the same old story.”

The Salvation Army has been running the food bank in the area for the last 20 years with their holiday season drive being the time they replenish supplies.

But Captain Yvonne LeDrew says the supplies didn't last as long this year.

“There’s an increase in people looking for food due to the economy. People are out of work and this time of the year the donations are a bit slow,” LeDrew told The Packet.

The holiday season drive usually lasted them until mid July, but this year they barely made it until June. There is also a misconception that the food bank only accepts donations at Christmas, instead of all year round.

The food bank is open once a week and is open to the public on Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

“People usually use it on the last week before their check when they are running low. It’s also for low income families to provide babies with food and milk,” says LeDrew.

The food bank helps families supply their children with school lunches.

LeDrew says the items needed this time of year are milk, teabags, peanut butter, beans, Kraft Dinner, spaghetti sauce and breakfast cereal.

Donations can be dropped off the Clarenville Salvation Army Citadel, but LeDrew says the best way to make donations is to drop them off at the donation boxes at No Frills, Sobey’s or Co-Op.

LeDrew says she is hearing from those using the food bank that they are often making a choice between paying their light bill, rent or cutting back on groceries.

“People just need help. Their income doesn’t meet their expenses. It’s the same old story.”

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