The Salvation Army Food Bank’s Lisa Clason stands beside some empty shelves at the food bank.

Food bank feeling the pressure in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Co-ordinator estimates the number of seniors using the food bank has increased by 25 per cent in last six months

The Salvation Army Food Bank is looking for help to fill its shelves.

Due to a combination of fewer food drives than previous years and a shift in the types of clients, the regional food bank based in French Creek is at it’s lowest point in a long time.

“We are seeing more seniors and fewer families,” said coordinator Lisa Clason, estimating the number of seniors has increased 25 per cent in the last six months.

They currently have 423 registered clients and she was happy to report that various government family incentives appear to be kicking in and reducing the number of families.

She did say that while they have fewer families, those families appear to be growing.

With the food bank’s point system, letting people shop for what they want, and encouraging healthier foods, Clason said they are always short on proteins, which they then have to buy.

Right now they are in particular need of juice, canned vegetables (not cream corn or tomato soup), tuna, cereal, peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, Mr. Noodle and Kraft Dinner.

She said they are always happy to accept cash, which they shop with for needed items and can often get really good sales or bulk deals.

She also encouraged people to contribute through Save-On Foods’ current bag sales food drive.

Just Posted

Town of Qualicum Beach to sell more than $5M in real estate

Sales to pay for recent real estate purchases, including St. Andrews Lodge

France doubles up Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

Played in Moscow Russia, latest Fifa World Cup marks the highest scoring final since 1966

Living with obsessive compulsive disorder

The Big Read: Vancouver Island mom calls for more mental health services as son battles OCD

Parksville councillor says info more ‘forthcoming’ in the future on supportive housing project

Leanne Salter said she was ‘kept in the dark’ on details about 222 Corfield St. South

REPLAY: B.C.’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

VIDEO: Firefighters put out brush fire in Nanaimo

Fire broke out in the area of a new development under construction in East Wellington

Former NHL goalie Ray Emery drowns in Lake Ontario

Police say the 35-year-old’s death appears to be a ‘case of misadventure’

Air quality statement warns of smoky air for Kamloops area

Environment ministry says area on north side of Thompson River may be affected by wildfire smoke

Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final

Russian protest group claimed responsibility after four people ran onto field in police uniforms

Fans party on Montreal streets after French World Cup win

To city is home to nearly 57,000 French nationals

B.C. VIEWS: Making private health care illegal again

Adrian Dix battles to maintain Cuba-style medical monopoly

Almost every part of Canada’s largest national park deteriorating: federal study

Drawing on decades of research — the report lists 50 pages of citations

Activists protest outside Kinder Morgan terminal in kayaks, canoes

Tsleil-Waututh elder Ta’ah Amy George led the water ceremony from a traditional Coast Salish canoe

Most Read