Networks Ministries is jammed

We need more space - says director at the Networks Ministries Jacqueline Van Spronsen-Janssen Friday. 

While it is a perennial conversation, Networks truly has nowhere to grow or go.  Van Spronsen-Janssen says that space-wise the organization is looking at a space in the neighbourhood of size of 30,000 sq. ft. to accommodate current need, and expansion in the future with needs and use. 

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“We have four levels here, and access is becoming more of an issue.”

 Spronsen-Janssen says it is a mix of clients.

“Some are here once and fall off, others are more frequent users.”

She says right now approximately $9,000 in food and supplies goes out to those in need each month. 

“September was $6,600 worth of goods from our pantry and another $2,400 worth from our store,” says Van Spronsen-Janssen.

Northern B.C. families have highest levels of food insecurity. 17.2 per cent of households have trouble putting food on the table, according to report based on recent data.

Dr. Valerie Tarasuk, a professor in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto, said high food costs and unstable employment were likely behind Northern B.C.’s higher rates of food insecurity. But ultimately, it comes down to money.   

“They’re the same issues everywhere in the province,” she said. “By the time someone is struggling to put food on the table, it’s an income issue.”

The study is based on data from Statistics Canada’s Canadian Community Health Survey, and is based on data from regional health authorities. 

- with files

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