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As food and the cost of living continue to rise, an Orillia nonprofit is helping ensure members of its community are fed.
Chris Peacock, executive director of the Sharing Place Food Centre, said that over the past year there has been a steady increase in the number of people accessing their food bank program. In particular, 70 households accessed food from the center on July 11 and 60 the following day.
As inflation continues to rise, he expects that number to rise.
“We’re definitely starting to see individuals who are really struggling to afford the necessities of life,” Peacock said, adding that it can be a very delicate balance for those living in poverty to meet their living expenses. end of the month and pay for food.
“When you get inflation and price increases across the board, it’s catastrophic for people living on limited income,” he said.
According to Sharing Place’s 2020 Impact Report, 18% of Orillia households are low-income
“There are many people in our community who are going to be faced with very difficult decisions,” he said. “We just hope we can ease some of that pressure to ensure they can access a supply of safe and nutritious food.”
With the majority of food provided by The Sharing Place being purchased from grocery stores, rising prices are also affecting their program. Peacock added that the donations of fresh produce they receive from local grocery stores and farmers are wonderful, and financial donations from the public are the best way to support The Sharing Place.
“Give us a dollar, and we can convert that into five dollars worth of food, and a lot of that has to do with our food recovery program where we access food that’s 100% donated by local stores. and farmers,” he said. Noted.
This allows The Sharing Place to invest in transporting food and supporting its staff.
However, he noted that it is difficult to keep up with demand and ensure that their volunteer base and staff can continue to support those in need.
To learn more or to donate to The Sharing Place, visit their website.