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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – CORRECTION: The increase June to 2015 to June 2016 was 101%, not 100.1%.

The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society is in need of food donations after seeing a major increase in those using their services.

The Poverty Outreach Store is funded by United Way. The Society says they are very reliant on public donations.

There has been a major increase in the services being used, according to Phallon Stoutenburg, who is the Outreach and Housing Coordinator.

“June to June, so June 2015 to June 2016, we saw a 100.1% increase for our outreach stats. So the exact number for that 245 clients in the month of June in 2015. In 2016, we saw 492. So the first quarter of 2016, we saw an increase of 25% compared to the first quarter of 2015. So we are definitley seeing the numbers go up, so with that the number of food items that are going out the door have increased as well.”

The Society is looking for non-perishable food items. They are also looking for clothing as well as hygiene and household items. You can view a full list here.


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