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Food bank continues to see record numbers

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November is traditionally the busiest month for the Whistler food bank and organizers are again asking local residents to help with donations at the next food drive.

This month there have been a record number of visitors using the food bank compared to previous years.

This past Monday 97 people showed up to stock up on staples like pasta and canned goods. And at the first Monday distribution day in November, 137 people appeared – a record setting number at the Whistler food bank.

These numbers are high even for this time of year, according to Janet McDonald, the executive director of the Whistler Community Services Society.

She attributes the high numbers to economic concerns and the fact that a lot of employers in Whistler are waiting to see to how the winter season pans out before hiring a full staff, including Whistler-Blackcomb.

For three hours this Saturday, Nov. 24 volunteers will be collecting canned goods and cash donations at Nesters, IGA and the Grocery Store. They will be there from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The food bank is open for two hours (between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.) on the first and third Monday of every month. It is located behind Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church, at the foot of Lorimer Road.

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