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Panic-buying is hurting hungry BC Kids

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We’re asking the public to stop panic-buying groceries in response to COVID-19. We know it’s an uncertain time for everyone, but please think of our vulnerable friends and neighbours who also need food and supplies to care for their families.

The unnecessary hoarding has forced us to delay a planned expansion to Port Hardy, where we were going to provide hungry kids with more than 1,000 backpacks next month.

Unfortunately, we’ve also been told some of our food orders this month might not be filled, simply because people are panic-buying. It’s not because there isn’t enough food to go around, it’s because people are hoarding huge amounts. We strongly encourage everyone to stay calm and stop unnecessarily stockpiling food that would otherwise go to those who need it.

We understand the desire to be prepared, but in uncertain times like these, it’s important to remember the wellbeing of our community as a whole. If people don’t stop, we’ll create a crisis for families who are playing no part in the panic-buying. Our young and vulnerable students will be the hardest hit. Let’s all take a deep breath, calm down, and stop hoarding.

For more, catch Emily-anne on the local news:

Vancouver Sun, Hoarding is Hurting more than it’s Helping

CTV News, Charity says it can’t provide meals for needy children because of panic buying

News 1130, Shortages due to COVID-19 panic buying hurt BC charity that feeds hungry kids

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