“Stuff the Bus” was another resounding success!
It was the 32nd Annual and again this City answers the bell.
We thank you Ottawa.
Boom/Jump Radio (Corus Ent.) combined with OC Transpo and the Ottawa Food Bank to help raise 83,740 lbs of food (or 108,496 items) and $32,316 in cash and vouchers.
The food raised during this event will help the Ottawa Food Bank provide for over 41,500 people in need across the city. One whole month of food!
The #1 location was the Barrhaven location with BOOM.
The stats are eye-opening.
For example, more than a quarter of the people who have relied on the Food Bank, has a post secondary education.
Many have been effected by something as simple as job loss, seniors who are living cheque to cheque, an illness or benefits that have run out.
41,540 people use the Ottawa Food Bank each month.
65 per cent of people who turn to the food bank are on social assistance.
Clearly hunger can strike anyone and things are not getting any easier.
It takes a great deal more to run a home in this day and age and for the first time ever Canadians are spending more money paying Taxes, than they are on their own needs.
And it won’t be getting any easier. A recent Dalhousie University study estimates food prices for a family will increase $420 over the next year.