Small-town food banks lie empty – Metro US

Small-town food banks lie empty

The organization representing food banks in B.C. says the province is dealing with its largest food shortfall in 25 years — with the pinch being most acute in smaller communities.

“The rural areas are getting hurt,” said Don Armstrong, president of Food Banks B.C.

“We’re trying to figure out how we can get food farther out there.”

As Food Banks B.C. struggles to stock its shelves in rural areas, it turns to metropolitan cities to fill the small-town demands.

“We’re trying to get trucks to take the food from Vancouver to smaller cities,” Armstrong said.

They’re currently paying trucking companies full price to transport the food.

Food Banks B.C. has put out a call for help, asking for a charitable discount or assistance in transporting food to different communities in the province.

“So far,” Armstrong said, “we have found nobody.”

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