CBC looks back 30 years on the day the first Food Bank opened in B.C.
The first food bank in British Columbia is believed to have started in 1982 feeding approximately 250 people per week. After 4 years, the number of food banks increased to 31 feeding 8,300.
We are a victim of our own success to an extent, forced to fill a role that government has vacated responsibility for. Sylvia Russell, former executive director of the Vancouver Food Bank