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Networks Ministries in on the one bag challenge

Food bank sees three-fold increase in use amid oil & gas downturn; weekly grocery total climbs to $1,500
Program director Jacqueline Janssen process food at the food bank at the Networks Ministries.
Program director Jacqueline Janssen process food at the food bank at the Networks Ministries.

Networks Ministries in Dawson Creek is experiencing a massive influx of clients and little food on the shelf. Enter the One Bag Challenge.

Program director Jacqueline Janssen said the group, which acts on a referral basis, is seeing triple the amount of people through the doors.      

“We are seeing families at risk from poverty, while others are coming from abusive situations, others that have just lost their jobs due to downturns in sectors like oil and gas,” she says.

“We have seen a huge increase. We have 8 to 10 people lined up every morning these days. We used help that many people over a day or two.”

Open Tuesday through Thursday at the Bethel Pentecostal Church on 17th Street, Networks is more than a food bank. It is a clothing and toy store for those in need. The group doles out more than 250 boxes of fresh produce each month to those needing it.

“Last year we were moving through about $400 on groceries a week—it is more like $1,500 these days 

The One Bag Challenge is an online and real world attempt to fill a bag o’ groceries and strap that sack into the food bank.  Then challenge five friends to do the same. 

Network Ministries is located at 11501 17th Street. 

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