Kindness Saves You More
December is the time of year when many celebrate the holidays with their families, eating festive feasts while exchanging gifts and memories of the year past. However, it can also be a very stressful time of year for the many families who struggle with food insecurity. Every year thousands of Ontarians face the difficult decision between food and bills, and with the added expenses of Christmas, December isn’t a joyful month but just another weight on their already overloaded backs. Thankfully, those who are in the position to give can help their community by donating non-perishable food items to food banks. Your local food bank helps to ensure every family can have food on the table during not only the holiday season but all throughout the year and relies on the generous donations from their community.
From December 13th to December 31st each Continental Currency Exchange branch will be a drop-off location for local food banks. We will be accepting non-perishable food items, and to acknowledge your generosity we will be offering a discount to anyone who brings in a donation. As you plan your holiday trips and what currencies you need, remember to bring in a non-perishable food item to receive exclusive discounts on all currencies.
Food Banks Across Ontario Need More Help
Every year food banks across Ontario work with very little to help individuals facing food insecurity, but like everything else, the pandemic has put a strain on food banks throughout the province. With record-high numbers of people needing assistance food banks have encountered issues keeping up with the demand.
Foodbank users rose by 10% compared to the previous year
Feed Ontario, a collective of hunger-relief organizations throughout the province, reported that nearly 600,000 users made more than 3.6 million visits to food banks between April 1st, 2020, and March 31st, 2021. That’s an increase of over 10% compared to the previous year.
Food banks within Toronto reached new records this past year. For the first time the number of.new users seeking their services outnumbered existing users. Feed Ontario says COVID-19 has intensified the income insecurities and affordability issues within Ontario.
Households aren’t the only ones facing higher food costs though, as food banks grapple with the staggering increase in demand they are also struggling with ongoing supply chain disruptions and rising food costs. Food banks across the province have reported difficulty providing the same level of assistance for those in need with some pantry staples now costing almost 50% more than previous years.
It takes a village…
As the holidays approach food banks across the province are gearing up for their busiest time of the year, and despite ongoing struggles, are determined to get food on everyone’s dinner tables for Christmas. As the saying goes, “it takes a village” and your community can use your help. Visit any of our branches and drop off any non-perishable food items to donate to your local food bank. To thank you for your kind donation Continental Currency Exchange will also be offering a discount for any donations.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” – Helen Keller