Staff at the Airdrie Food Bank say they have seen a record number of people accessing their food hamper program in recent weeks.

The food bank gave out a record 265 food hampers to people in the Airdrie area in November, and executive director Lori McRitchie says they’re on pace to match that demand in December.

“Our use has skyrocketed, which is very unusual because we were seeing a levelling and thought a recovery is happening,” she said.