August a Tough Month For Brockville Food Bank

CKTB News- Food Bank

The Food Bank says this can be a tough time of year for families - and for their own shelves.

In August, members of the Brockville and Area Food Bank say donations drop, stocks on the shelves are getting used up ahead of the Fall Food Drive, and families start to come in ahead of the school year.

Manager Joanne Sytsma says back to school is expensive. She says sometimes it's the choice between new shoes for school, or food, or perhaps paying the rent; everything is a balance for parents.

"There's never enough to go around," she explains. "Something's gotta give. And often it's food."

The food bank supports about 1,300 people on average a month. They can see anywhere between 30 to 90 people walking through their doors a day. 

Sytsma says while the food bank is certainly not in dire striaghts, they're offering pretty limited supply right now and this is the time when they are using cash to stock the shelves.

This is the first year they're really watching their pennies, she explains. They've dropped things that used to be staples like cereal and fruit juice.

"There's things we've always been able to buy that have gotten a little bit too expensive," explains Sytsma, saying that they have a focus on healthy, fresh food. "It's not as easy to work with the same budget when food prices have gone up, and this year has been particularly telling for that." 

To donate, you can do so online, you can drop off food at grocery stores, or mail a cheque to their Buell St location at 58 Buell Street, PO Box 522, Brockville, ON K6V 5V7,

"We're pretty adept at doing what people need in order to donate," jokes Sytsma.