Sarnia is a community intimately familiar with poverty, said Myles Vanni, executive director of the Inn of the Good Shepherd, which – together with other food banks and homeless shelters in the city – feeds 3,800 people per month and houses 22 people per night.

More than two-thirds of food bank users are people who have jobs, he said.

“It could be a neighbour, a family member.”

Meanwhile, 3,000 good-paying jobs have been lost in Sarnia-Lambton in the past eight years, Vanni said, noting some have been replaced with lower-paying, often part-time, work

The current unemployment rate in Sarnia-Lambton is 9.7 per cent – the highest in southwestern Ontario, he said.