Ever since March, Rachel Blais has been watching the number of people who come through Iqaluit’s food bank for a hot meal tick upward.
In October of last year, the Qajuqturvik Community Food Centre was serving about 150 meals per day. Blais, the food bank’s executive director, says they’re now serving more than 500 — well beyond their capacity.
“It is a very, very substantial increase, and it is resulting in us being unable to really keep up with not only the quantity of the demand, but the quality of food that we do strive to provide to our community members,” Blais said.
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