January 18, 2016 10:51 am
Updated: January 18, 2016 12:03 pm

Low loonie impacting the Saskatoon Food Bank

Low Canadian dollar, increased prices having an impact on the Saskatoon Food Bank.

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SASKATOON – The low Canadian dollar is having an affect on food prices. It’s not good news for the Saskatoon Food Bank, which is seeing an unprecedented number of people in need of donations.

It’s become harder for the food bank to purchase food as prices have gone up four to five per cent over the past few months.

For now, officials at the food bank do not have a solution.

“I was speaking with one of our office people last week and she said (she took) five or six new calls of people asking how they can access the food bank,” said Laurie O’Connor, the executive director of the Saskatoon Food Bank.

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In December, over 18,000 people used the Saskatoon Food Bank.

“We also saw over 875 come who had never had to come before,” added O’Connor.

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