Implement ways to fight poverty

Food bank use in Salmon Arm and around B.C. continues to climb – and the implementation of long-term solutions is long overdue

Food bank use in Salmon Arm and around B.C. continues to climb – and the implementation of long-term solutions is long overdue.

Salmon Arm’s Salvation Army Food Bank is serving an average of 3,000 people a month, with more than 3,300 in the month of May this year and 3,200 last December.

Food Banks Canada’s newly released statistics, Hunger Count 2015, show that 852,000 Canadians use food banks every month. In B.C., it’s 100,000 each month, with one in three a child. According to Food Banks B.C., this is B.C.’s highest level of food bank use ever. In contrast, the rich are getting richer.

The organization points out there is no typical person who turns to a food bank for help. They include seniors, people with disabilities, people with terminal illnesses, single parents, families with both parents working.

The First Call Coalition fighting child poverty recently released a report with 21 recommendations, the majority for the provincial government. They include raising disability and income assistance rates, ending the clawback of maternity and parental leave benefits, raising the minimum wage so B.C. isn’t the second-lowest in Canada and working with the feds to implement affordable child care.

Poverty is a costly problem in so many ways for society – much more expensive than actually providing people with the supports they need.

 

 

Just Posted

Salmon Arm Seniors Resource Centre operations hindered by lack of space

Seniors support programs limited by lack of room at centre’s current location

Salmon Arm residents can send holiday cheer to children in developing countries

Operation Christmas Child collecting gift-filled shoeboxes at Centenoka Park Mall

New signage at hazardous Salmon Arm intersection result of ‘nudging’

Mayor pleased council’s requests for improvements to Highway 97B and 10th Avenue heard

Man and woman in their 60s identified by RCMP as bodies in Anglemont residence

Police investigation continues, say no suspects are being sought at this time

UPDATE: Power back on for much of the Shuswap

Outages due to downed wires and a transmission circuit failure

VIDEO: Hong Kong police shoot protester, man set on fire

It was the second protester shot since the demonstrations began in early June

‘We love you, Alex!’: Trebek gets choked up by ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant’s answer

The emotional moment came in Monday’s episode when Trebek read Dhruv Gaur’s final answer

Birthday boy: Pettersson nets 2 as Canucks beat Predators

Vancouver ends four-game winless skid with 5-3 victory over Nashville

‘Homes not shelters’: Those living on Kelowna streets rally for rights

On Tuesday, Leon Avenue residents came together to demand change

North Okanagan councillor pitches homeless camp at city hall

805 bylaw calls in 10 months were for inappropriately set-up camps

Vernon car fire deemed suspicious

SUV found fully engulfed with nobody around at 4 a.m. Tuesday on Commonage Road

Judge rejects Terrace man’s claim that someone else downloaded child porn on his phone

Marcus John Paquette argued that other people had used his phone, including his ex-wife

Police surround Peachland neighbourhood

The incident in Peachland is now over

Penticton arts, culture and sports programs get boost of over $500,000 thanks to provincial grant

The B.C. Community Gaming Grants program will be distributing $505,900 to 18 local groups

Most Read