Food banks s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d

Until government legislated poverty is eliminated, give generously to your local food bank all year ‘round, one reader says.

To the Editor,

Kudos to all supporting April’s food-drive for the Vancouver Food bank.

As we all know, food banks have become Godsends to many struggling to make ends meet these days with meagre limited incomes.

Folks like the middle-aged or older clients now living on B.C government disability allowances averaging about $950 per month who, after rent, are lucky to have $200 left to buy food.

And to add insult to injury, up to four times a year that grocery money must stretch for five weeks between ‘Welfare Wednesday’ rather than the usual four weeks. Between December to January, and in 2012 March to April, May to June, and July to August are all “five-week-months”.

So please, until government legislated poverty is eliminated, give generously to your local food bank all year ‘round.

Liz Stonard,

Port Alberni