March 31st, 2020

Alberta monitoring food supplies for remote communities and food banks

By The Canadian Press on March 26, 2020.

Alberta premier Jason Kenney shakes hands with Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry after being sworn into office, in Edmonton on April 30, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

EDMONTON – The Alberta government is reassuring people there isn’t a food shortage in the province and that it’s keeping an eye on demands in rural areas, Indigenous communities and food banks.

Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen says more people are working at home, take-out food orders are down and retail sales at grocery stores is up about 50 per cent.

He says part of the problem is people are panic buying and stockpiling items like meat.

Dreeshen says the province is watching remote areas to make sure residents there have access to the food supplies they need.

He also says food banks have seen a dramatic drop in donations at a time when demand from the vulnerable population has spiked.

Dreeshen says government help will be coming for food banks, which could include financial compensation to help them buy the supplies they need.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 26, 2020

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