B.C. food banks seeking transportation assistance

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VANCOUVER, B.C. — Food Banks B.C., which represents 90 food banks in the province, is having trouble distributing food to rural communities and is looking for some help from the transportation industry.

The organization told local media that it is suffering its worst food shortfall in 25 years, especially in rural areas. It is trying to distribute the food collected in Vancouver to smaller communities but has been faced with the prohibitive cost of paying full price for transportation, Vancouver’s Metro newspaper reports.

“The rural areas are getting hurt,” Don Armstrong, president of Food Banks B.C. told the paper. “We’re trying to figure out how we can get food farther out there. We’re trying to get trucks to take the food from Vancouver to smaller cities.”

Anyone who can offer a charitable discount or free transportation is asked to contact the organization. Their information is available at www.foodbanksbc.ca.

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