Rising food costs making it tougher on Oakville food banks


Published July 27, 2023 at 3:44 pm

Kerr St. Mission has a need right now for donations of food such as beans, tomato products and canned meat. KERR ST. MISSION PHOTO

Inflation is finally falling, but food prices are continuing to rise and that’s making it harder and harder for residents in Oakville and across Canada to feed their families.

More and more Canadians are relying on food banks and meeting those needs is getting more and more difficult.

The Kerr St. Mission is committed to caring for families struggling to make ends meet and right now the local charity has an emergency food driving happening and they’re hoping Oakville residents can help out.

Current market needs include beans, such as chickpeas, red kidney beans, black beans and lentils. Tomato products (pasta sauce, whole tomatoes, and crushed tomatoes) are also in need.

Local residents can also help out by donating canned meat, such as spam, corned beef and canned chicken.

Food or cash donations can be dropped off at the Kerr St. Mission located at 485 Kerr St. or online at kerrstreet.com.

The Oakville Community Association (OCA) also has a drop box for donations at OCA HQ at South Oakville Centre located at Unit #41, 1515 Rebecca St. (south door near the bus depot).

The Fare Share Food Bank says monetary donations are “vital” to their existence. The money is used to buy non donated perishable food such as chicken, ground beef, fish, cheese and fresh and frozen vegetables and fruit.

Current items needed included canned items, such a fruit, tomatoes, pasta sauce and sardines and tuna, and dry goods such as rice, instant coffee, crackers, cereal, tea and toiletries.

Pudding and fruit cups are needed for kids as well as baby items such as diapers, meat and baby cereal.

Cash and cheque donations are accepted and can be dropped off and mailed to Food Share at 1240 Speers Rd. Tax receipts are issued. For more information, visit oakvillefoodbank.com/donate.

Despite Canada’s inflation rate dropping from 8.1 per cent in June of 2022 to 2.8 per cent, its lowest rate since March 2021, rising food costs are digging deeper into the pockets of families across Canada.

According to Canada’s Food Price Report for 2023, a family of our will spend $16,288.41 on food this year, which is up more than $1,065.60 from 2022.

Loblaws, owners of Canada’s largest grocery and drugstore chain, announced they had posted a quarterly profit of $508 million in the past three months alone.

Statistics Canada says that grocery prices have increased nine per year-over-year since last May, leaving Canadians to use more coupons and look for more deals, while others are left to rely on food banks like the Kerr. St. Mission and Fare Share Food Bank.

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