The director of family services at Neighbour to Neighbour Centre says the move by the provincial government to raise the minimum wage from $11.50 to $15 an hour by January 2019 might result in a slight decline in the demand at their busy food bank.

“I’m skeptical, but hopeful,” said Krista D’Aoust.

She noted about 20 per cent of the 1,200 households that use the Athens Street food bank each month are the working poor, people who have jobs but don’t make enough money to pay rent and buy groceries.

D’Aoust noted most of their clients who have jobs are working part-time hours and a rise in the minimum wage will likely be eaten up by rising housing and utility costs.