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The Kindersley and District Food Bank had its busiest year ever in 2016 and the need for food assistance hasn’t slowed in 2017.
A comparison of statistics for the first three quarters of 2016 and the first three quarters of 2017 – Jan. 1 to Sept. 30 – shows a similar picture for overall need. Statistics from October and November are not included.
The statistics show 499 food hampers were packed in the first nine months of 2016 and 494 hampers were packed in the first nine months of 2017.
The number of clients has decreased more than the number of hampers.
Hampers are packed according to the number of people in the household, so they could be for individuals or families. There were 1,145 clients in 2016 compared to 1,088 in 2017, so there were 57 fewer clients from year to year.
The food bank provides hampers to people in Kindersley, Eston and Eatonia. Of the 499 hampers packed, 398 went to recipients in Kindersley. Of the 494 hampers packed from January to September 2017, 381 went to recipients in Kindersley.
The total number of hampers for Eston has increased, but the total number of hampers for Eatonia has decreased. The food bank has packed 27 more hampers for Eston in 2017 than in 2016 with a total of 79 in 2017 as compared to only 52 hampers in 2016. Eatonia has decreased from 49 hampers in 2016 to 35 in 2017.For more on this story, please see the Nov. 29 print edition of The Clarion.