The Haida Gwaii Transition House in Masset is now running a food bank for all islanders.
Poverty is very much an issue on the islands, says Transition House support worker Katie Johnson. Seasonal work means that people have enough money during the spring and summer, but winter can be hard. People don’t always realize the extent of poverty in their community because a lot of it is hidden, but a wide range of people are affected – not just one group.
Sharon MacDonald of Masset had been running a food bank as a private individual. When she moved away, the transition house took the service over, says Ms Johnson.
The transition house has provided 6 or 8 hampers of food since it began just last month. Ms Johnson would like people to know the service is available to all islanders. If someone outside of Masset needs assistance, please feel free to call 626-4666.
Delmas Coop is helping out with the ‘Feed the Hungry’ program. It makes up bags of groceries valued at $6-8, which people can buy and donate to the food bank. The Transition House will also accept cash donations. Cheques can be made out to Greater Masset Food Bank and dropped off at 2131 Harrison Ave. or mailed to Box 821, Masset, V0T 1M0.
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