Increasing food prices in Canada may lead to fewer donation to food banks

Niqhil Velji / December, 4th 2019

Surrey Food Bank could see less donations due to increasing food prices in 2020.
(Surrey Food Bank / Twitter)

The average Canadian family is expected to spend $487 more on groceries and at restaurants in 2020. This comes after a new report was released by researchers at Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph.

The report cites the impact of  changing weather patterns on our food systems as the “elephant in the room for 2020”. The report adds the average Canadian family will spend $12,667 on food and at restaurants in 2020, which is a two to four per cent rise from 2019.

Increasing prices in all eight food categories tracked are expected. The meat industry will have the largest anticipated hike, with an increase of four to six percent.

The Executive Director of the Surrey Food Bank Feezah Jaffer believes this will potentially lead to an increase in Canadians needing to turn to food support services.

At the same time, Jaffer said the increase in food prices could also lead to fewer donations, as a large majority of their food supply comes from the public.

“It could also impact us on our donations, we rely heavily on them as 99% of our food stock comes from donation from the community” – Feezah Jaffer, Surrey Food Bank

She said the Surrey Food Bank will have to come up with an altered budget as a result of the looming food price increase.

To gain the public’s awareness, the Surrey Food bank is planning on improving their ad campaign to showcase the fact that despite the rise in food costs, people in the community are struggling and food must be provided for them.

The different food categories in the report are expected to have different price increases.
(Ali Pitargue / BCIT News)