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It is the time to give, but it has become difficult for many Edmontonians.
It’s not that people don’t want to give, it’s just their economic situation that gets in the way.
“Canadians are facing record levels of debt and are not necessarily seeing this raise or are simply not even sure if they have a job next year,” said Kelley Keehn, a personal finance educator.
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“We still have families struggling and even now, given the uncertainty since October, we don’t know how this will play out in 2020,” said Tamisan Bencz-Knight of Edmonton’s Food Bank.
“We know that [at] Edmonton’s Food Bank, we have to open our doors, we have to have the food available to help the people [and] we need to have the money to do all of this work in 2020. “
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While many Edmonton residents have already donated a lot, Edmonton’s Food Bank is still lagging behind. You’re only on 86 percent of your 370-pound food goal and only 76 percent of your $ 2 million monetary goal.
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“Last year I thought it would be a tough holiday campaign for us [but] this year was even tougher, ”said Bencz-Knight.
“We go back a few years … we would be over 50,000 kilograms … [and] our incoming groceries and cash donations would increase, so we know these are difficult times. “
“The reality is that it’s an expensive time of year, it’s a tough time of year, and since people are just trying to stay afloat, it’s hard for them to donate even if they want to,” said Keehn.
These problems that people are confronted with are a challenge for organizations like the Tafel, ”said Bencz-Knight.
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“Our services are heavily influenced by the economy. So when there are economic challenges and people lose their jobs, our numbers go up, ”explained Bencz-Knight.
The Edmonton Food Bank festive campaign doesn’t end until January 10th. Until then, the organization will continue to fight to achieve its goal while welcoming donations from everyone who can.
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