Information was gathered from food banks, coordinators, books and personal experiences. The group came together again to discuss goals, operation of the food bank, volunteers, publicity, registration and rental of facilities.
In August of 1998, the Ladysmith Food Bank opened its doors. We currently provide service to individuals and families in greater Ladysmith.In March of 2015, Food Bank usage was 1.3% higher than 2014 and 26% higher than 2008. In Canada, over 850,000 people accessed a Food Bank in March 2015 alone so if you use that number over a year, almost a quarter of our population accesses a Food Bank monthly. Of that number, 35.8% are children, In BC, over 100,000 accessed a Food Bank in March 2015 and of those, 31.5% were children. In Ladysmith, 300 people per week use the Food Bank. 41% of the food provided is for children.
To register as a client in the Ladysmith Food Bank:
- You must live in the 245 telephone exchange area
- Have at least one proof of your current address such as a current BC Hydro Telus or utilities bill, something that shows where you live now
- BC Care Cards for the entire family (we use the numbers from the cards as proof of the size of your family)
Once registered, only your Care Card is required as proof.
The Food Bank is open every Tuesday 9:00 am to 11:45 am for distribution.
The Food Bank is always looking for volunteers for both bagging (Monday mornings) and distributing (Tuesday mornings). If you have some muscles and can spare some time, please let us know by filling out the form below.
Duties may include:
- Lift anything from the stock room that is too heavy or awkward for the others
- Unload and count produce and place it in its final resting place (fridge, shelf or table)
- Cut eggs cartons
- Help with unloading of heavy donations
- Help with the bread and the freezers
- Help with the boxes for the large families
Our Wish List
Below are groceries and non-perishable foods that are in constant need at the Ladysmith Food Bank. If you wish to make a donation, it can be dropped off at the Ladysmith Resources Centre or at the Food Bank itself.
- Fresh garden produce
- Canned tuna, salmon, ham, beans
- Peanut butter, jam
- Cereal, oats
- Soup (all varieties)
- Fruits (canned or cups) & vegetables
- Pasta sauce (jars or packets)
- Pasta, noodles, Side Kicks, Kraft Dinner
- Coffee, tea
- Toilet paper & diapers