Southern Kings and Queens food bank need doubles

Steve Sharratt comment@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on December 10, 2012
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.