Southern Kings and Queens food bank need doubles

Steve Sharratt
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The demand for the services of the Southern Kings and Queens food bank has doubled this Christmas, but the generousity of people in the region ensures no one goes without.

MONTAGUE — The demand for the services of the Southern Kings and Queens food bank has doubled this Christmas.

It’s hardly cheery news but volunteer manager Lawrence Power says the generousity of people in the region ensures no one goes without.

“Have you sat down and worked out the cost of living these days,’’ he said Monday. “It’s no wonder we’re up.”

The Montague-based food bank assisted 110 families last year and the number for this holiday season will mushroom to over 150 families.

“It’s a huge increase and very disappointing for sure,’’ said Power. “However, we should be in good shape to help the growing number.”

Power said the donations and food drives underway for the holiday season should at least ensure no shortages on the shelves.

Meanwhile, the Montague Lions Club toy project is in full swing as well hoping to snare enough donations of money and toys to make sure there’s something under every Christmas tree.

Organizations: Queens food bank, Montague Lions Club

Geographic location: Southern Kings

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  • Robert
    December 12, 2012 - 20:12

    Why does this not surprise me. It's 2012 and there is still a need for food banks. Not only here in P.E.I but all across this beautiful Country. 3 years ago I started a little food drive here in Montague which I thought would be the only one but I hated to stop at just one. So it goes on..Once in my life I had to use the food bank and will always give back to it..But what people don't stop to think of is this..3 years ago there was 825,000 regular users of food banks across Canada. Now 3 years later it has escalated to a whopping 985,000 users and expected to increase at least 25% before summer 2013...It's Governments fault in a way but what we don't stop and think about is the fact that the cost of living is rising at an alarming rate while our incomes seems to stay the same.. How about we complain to I.R.A.C. about increasing our income just like they can increase the fuel prices every time we turn around..The problem with todays society is Greed. Not by ourselves but the business community..Everything goes up in price and then all we here at years end is how the profit is in the millions..Drop the prices so that we can keep up..Easy. Because if we have to fork over 20 bucks for bread milk and cereal then it's only going to get worse..Single parent families couldn't survive on their incomes and it's only going to get worse before it gets better..

  • Dirtysailor
    December 10, 2012 - 21:55

    OK people...as Christmas is supposed to be about giving...that hard to shop for can't think of what to get someone...they are obviously not the ones that need much...personally I do not want or need anything more than a hug and a nice family dinner...so why not give to those that really need help and make their day special? I guarantee that will make you feel better than any gift.

  • But....
    December 10, 2012 - 21:03

    Robert Ghiz had a photo opp here at the Montague Food Bank when it opened-what has he and Al Roach done for the town and surrounding area to help decrease the use of the local food bank? Whats going to happen in Montague when the HST comes into effect on April 1/13......we havent even seen the worst yet

    • To BUT
      December 11, 2012 - 19:20

      I guess if you have to ask that question...you have not been paying attention!

  • Greeneyed Monster
    December 10, 2012 - 20:19

    Why not call Allan Roach and have him donate 15% of his annual salary? This is his average savings in supplying himself with a new Jeep, gas and insurance. If you must starve to keep him in a cherry ride than he should be feeding you!

  • intobed
    December 10, 2012 - 19:24

    It is unfortunate, but as the economic situation on PEI goes down hill those who are barely able to hang on can't manage any longer. Next year, with the price of meat supposed to go up 10% and the HST coming in, a whole new group will then need help. Please say no to the HST, and the greed of farmers.

  • Sylvia
    December 10, 2012 - 19:16

    It's lucky that Islanders are generous kind-hearted people because if it was left to our government, there wouldn't be much help.