As the seasons turn, food banks are preparing for the colder weather and further economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. David Murray, the executive director of the Abbotsford Food Bank, spoke with CIVL radio regarding food bank usage disparities noted in the Abbotsford community.
Murray said that women comprise a majority of food bank recipients, including a rising number of South Asian women. He explored a multitude of factors explaining the higher use by women including lack of employment, COVID-19, and single-parent status. Murray describes the excellent work performed daily by staff at the Abbotsford Food Bank, and how the community comes together to confront these social inequalities.