A growing number of vulnerable people have lost jobs or work several low-paying jobs and are forced to turn to food banks to feed their families. Our economy is failing them and the recession has made the impact even greater. People forced to use food banks also include workers with very low wages, those with jobs that have been cut to part-time, those working multiple part-time jobs to pay the rent, and vulnerable people who have lose their jobs.
Unions in BC are working together to provide solutions. Each year Protein for People hosts several forum that brings together those using food banks, union volunteers, and service providers for a community fair. The forums are an important part of the outreach and are about connecting people with solutions and sharing food and music together.