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Food Bank Myths

Myth: Food Banks are a long-standing Canadian institution.

Fact: The first Canadian food bank was established in 1981. While they began as an emergency measure, food banks have become mainstream.

Myth: Hunger isn’t an issue in Nelson.

Fact: Hunger is a serious issue in Nelson. Each month the Nelson Food Cupboard serves an average of 1,234 customers. Food Cupboard usage is 46 % higher than before the recession of 2008.

Myth: Able-bodied adults are the Food Cupboard’s main customers.

Fact: Approximately 20% of our customers are children. 35% of our customers have a disability that prevents them from working and receive income assistance. 3% work full-time for low wages.

Myth: Food Cupboard customers are mostly newcomers and transient people.

Fact: Our recent customer survey reveals that 99% of our customers live in the Nelson area. 61% have lived here for more than a decade.

Myth: Hungry people don’t care what they eat.

Fact: 97% of respondents to our 2014 customer survey said eating fresh produce regularly is important to them. Fresh produce and quality protein-rich foods are the most requested items at the Nelson Food Cupboard.