Volunteers prepare Christmas hampers for the Boston Bar Food Bank.

Volunteers prepare Christmas hampers for the Boston Bar Food Bank.

Boston Bar food bank needs donations

The independent food bank receives no funding from the province or federal entity. All donations from the food bank come from the community.

Boston Bar Food Bank needs donations.

The independent food bank receives no funding from the province or federal entity. All donations from the food bank come from the community.

“Here’s the situation in Boston Bar — 18 per cent of our population accesses the food bank,” said executive director of the Boston Bar North Bend Enhancement Society Nancy Carmichael. “The Canadian average is two per cent.”

She added that the food bank has about 50 families registered.

Currently, the food bank is open once a month and they are running lean.

“If you saw what we could give a person, it’s pitiful,” she said. “The idea is to provide food usually the week before cheque day, in hopes that they can eke it out for that last week.”

The food bank received an influx of supplies after the Stuff the Cruiser event in Boston Bar, where they collected 1,006 pounds of food and over $3,000 in cash donations.

“It’ll last us a couple of months,” she said.

Thereafter, she relies on donations and then spending their funds to buy food.

People interested in donating to the food bank can drop them off at Canyon Lanes.