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March 25, 2015 edition of the Sooke News Mirror


  • C O M M U N I T Y N E W S M E D I A

    Black PressWednesday, March 25, 2015Agreement#40110541

    Editorial Page 8

    Arts Pages 22, 27

    Sports/stats Page 29


    Salt Spring Island Art Show To Fea-ture Sooke Artists

    Page 22

    Octavian LacatusuSooke News Mirror

    For many, a food bank can be the only gateway between starving in the street and feeling human again. But what happens when youve reached the peak of that joie de vivre and the cheques simply dont come in anymore?

    Engines shudder and jolt to a clunking stop. The lights go dark and the heater goes dead cold. Suddenly, the fridge looks uncomfortably spacious. The fight for sur-vival really begins.

    Life would certainly be bliss if such sce-narios were mere fantasy, but for the volun-teer folks at the Sooke Food Bank, these are real stories that walk in through their door every single day; from a homeless teenager who hasnt had anything reasonable or warm to eat in months, or a working father of two who just cannot make the usual ends meet anymore.

    All the working people who were just making it with their finances used to be a lot of our donators. Now, they are our clients, said Sooke Food Bank secretary Kim Metz-tger, who added that around this time last year, the food bank gave out 69 hampers. Last week, which was the food banks same second Thursday of March, they gave out 111 hampers.

    Our numbers are jumping every month, notes Metztger, noting that the Sooke Food Banks client numbers have inflated by 22 per cent so far this year; and it can take the slightest thing to turn the tide for anyone.

    When the hydro bills went up, we saw more people coming in; people with jobs and families who were embarrassed to even

    be there, she said. Our senior population is up as far as coming to the food bank as well; again, people who used to donate and cant afford to anymore, whether a spouse died, or theyve had to move in to a special care facility.

    Metztger pointed out that the three-day supply of food hampers per month doesnt change, however if there were more funds, those coming in at the end of the day would receive an equal amount of food as the ones arriving in the morning. But it doesnt always go that way.

    We want them to come in once a month, but were never going to turn someone away if they come again and theyre hungry. Were going to try and help them however we can, she said. We want to be consis-tent and know that were not going to run out of food. Because thats scary.

    In 2014, there were 5140 adults, 2661 chil-dren, and a total of 3251 hampers handed out at the Sooke Food Bank, with support and effort being split between 6 - 20 volun-teers. Local businesses support by the bulk as well, which is also a big help.

    We buy stuff from the local food marts all the time; they give us really good discounts. Shoppers Drug Mart will donate lots soap and shampoo every once in a while too. We try to have dish soap, because you can use it to clean a lot of things with it, she said.

    The whole operation runs year-round at the Sooke Community Hall under manage-ment of the Sooke Community Association, but like everything in this world, nothing is free. Between food, transportation, insur-ance, administration, phone/web access and maintenance, the total for the Sooke Food Banks service costs in 2014 was $114,733.55 - all of which was donated from the community.

    But between all the kindness of count-less (and some nameless) volunteers, it still remains very difficult to keep up with demand, says Metztger.

    We need money, we need cereal, soup, we need lots of stuff. I think most of all we need people to open up their eyes and just look at their neighbours; dont assume that everything is okay in that house, because we have numbers to show you that its not okay, she said.

    Among the volunteers last Thursday, March 19, were Lindsay Drabitt and Gemini Rogers, both aged 11, who were there from the First Sooke Girl Guides. They were doing this as a Lady Baden-Powell challenge.

    Its for a good cause people are starv-ing and they need to eat, said Rogers as she was doing the count-up of all the stuff that came in that day. Drabitt was right behind her, just about to put a giant case of soup in one of the shelves. Were doing this because it is a good community project and because a lot of people rely on the food bank, Drabitt said.

    Sooke Food Bank struggles to keep up with demand

    Octavian Lacatusu Photo

    First Sooke Girl Guides Lindsay Drabitt and Gemini Rogers, both aged 11, helping out at the Sooke Food Bank as part of their Lady Baden-Powell community challenge.

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    Octavian Lacatusu Photo

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    Council meeting agendas maybe viewed at

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    Monday, March 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm

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    2 Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - SOOKE NEWS MIRROR

    A suspicious email has been circulating lately identifying itself on behalf of the Canada Revenue Agency.

    The subject line states Tax Refund Notification - Refer-

    ence #791-455601 and appears to be coming from an address.

    It is titled is Notice of tax return for last year and the email comes complete


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    with reference num-bers (C/42112/14, 1171C/234/231) as well as a link to the real CRA website.

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    as the link may contain viruses/malware that could allow hackers and other undesirables direct access to your computer and your personal data.

    Anyone receiving this email is being asked to report it to your email provider and delete it.

    The new Transition Sooke/Awareness Film Night co-venture met for the first time at the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre on Feb. 25.

    Inishoge Farms Steve Unger has stepped up to coordinate the citi-zens initiative, which will meet again at the SRVC on March 26 at 7 p.m.

    A public education campaign promoting the 5Rs of the zero waste movement - Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot, in that order - is

    a priority. A proper com-post facility, yard-waste depot and a free store for unwanted items may well be good fits for Sooke. And theres talk that a community open space meeting dedicated exclusively to waste management issues would be timely later this year.

    If you want to join this inspiring initiative, please contact them.

    A website is in the works, but for now please visit the organi-zations Facebook page.

    Octavian Lacatusu Photo

    (From left to right) Rob Roe, Tim shilson, heather Cochrane throw in their contributions to last saturdays bottle drive on the corner of Phillips Rd. The drive ran from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and all proceeds went in support of the local Royal Canadian Marine search and Rescue (RCMsaR) sooke station 37.

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