Charities struggle to help those most in need due to inflation

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Charities struggling to help those most in need due to inflation

Rising gas and food prices are squeezing the budget of many families and causing a increased demand for charities, such as Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids.

Canadian charities face unprecedented financial pressures. And as inflation drives up their spending, the demand for the services they provide is growing.

Like many organizations across the country, requests for Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids, which helps children in school and summer camps, have never been higher. many.

Over the past school year, the number of children needing food jumped by almost 20% between September and June, reaching around 5,400 each day.

We know the prices of gas, utilities, food, housing, all of those things are going up, and that's putting a lot of pressure on families,” says Executive Director, Bethany Ross.

About 5,400 children need food every day, according to Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids. An increase of almost 20% between September and June of the last school year.

This price increase also has repercussions on their budget. Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids faces annual expenses of over $1 million to provide nutritious meals for children.

Even at wholesale prices, the Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids x27;organization says the prices of many products have skyrocketed, such as celery, which has increased by 114%, carrots, by 29%, and turkey, by 12%.

Children need fruits and vegetables, protein and whole grains. Our costs have increased for all of these products. But we are still committed to continuing to provide nutritious meals [to the children], says Bethany Ross.

CanadaHelps, an online charity fundraising platform, raised approximately $450 million in 2021, down 2% from the previous year, and the first time in 22 years that donations to the organization have decreased from the previous year.

Canadians have always been very generous, but these are truly unprecedented times, says CanadaHelps Marketing Director Shannon Craig.

A group of workers connect water pipes in Uganda as part of a project run by Vancouver-based charity Acts for Water. The organization is delaying some work in Africa due to inflationary pressures and donor reluctance.

Combined with a decrease in the volume of donations, fears of an economic recession are even forcing some of these nonprofits to reduce their services.

< p class="e-p">For more than three decades, Acts for Water, a Vancouver-based nonprofit, has been providing clean water to people in Uganda. The organization was scheduled to build its 25th water distribution system in September, but that project is now on hold due to rising construction costs and uncertainty of donations.

Today I received a call from our second largest donor telling us they were suspending their donations, says Acts for Water CEO, Jeff Golby. We are beginning to feel a certain reluctance on the part of monthly donors.

In Uganda, the cost of iron pipes has increased by 25%, that of diesel by 70% and that of cement by 37%, says Jeff Golby.

“What the future holds is really determined by the severity of inflation and the potential for recession. Fall will determine how many people we can provide water to.

—Jeff Golby, CEO of Acts for Water

A Habitat for Humanity volunteer works to insulate a home in northwest of Calgary.

The Southern Alberta Chapter of Habitat for Humanity has faced rapid increases in the cost of building materials over the past few years. years.

Despite the financial difficulties, the organization is trying to maintain its projects to meet the strong demand from families looking for affordable housing.

There are people stuck in a vicious cycle where the rent is continually rising. Getting to their first home is even more difficult than before, believes Jody Moseley, a spokesperson for the organization.

With information from Kyle Bakx.

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