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This is in response to the post about making 170,000 a year and using food bank and Salvation Army. My husband and I make about 140,000 combined and have also had to use food bank twice this year. Our income is about 100,000 less than it was last year and we’re learning how to budget with a smaller income. We’re downgrading our vehicles and home and we were hungry with 0 dollars in our bank account. Our daughter had no food so yes we used the food bank for the first time in our lives.

Just because others may say we don’t need it and are irresponsible with our money won’t deter me from using their services when we need it. We’ve donated much more than we’ve received and I have no bad feelings about taking help when needed even if those who are low income think we don’t “deserve” it. Yes, the previous poster was baiting, but I just wanted by to share my own personal experience. It doesn’t matter how or why you need their services as long as you don’t take advantage to “stay ahead” in the economy as the other poster put it.

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  1. 140k (100k LESS than last year) and you can’t have food on the table? …. pretty sad imo. there are people who make a fraction of that and still manage their priorities. there are also people who make little to nothing who are in need of the food bank more than you. no sympathy. I feel like you’re just trying to either flaunt you make 140k becuase your reason is just simply embarrassing.

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    • I agree. I take home 36k a year have 2 kids single mom and I have yet to use the food bank. Sometimes I think I come close but then remembered I racked up shoppers points or superstore and that helps me till payday! I also don’t even live in low income I have my own place so this blows my mind.

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    • I just don’t get it. I mean sure use the services but shit get your life together

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    • It’s nuts. unless they have 7 teenage boys in the house, I really really can’t fathom how with a combined income of 140,000 they cannot feed their child(ren). means that the money is actually being used for other things and irresponsibly.

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    • And everyone’s lives are different… you can’t group everyone into the same category as who is in need and who is not… maybe they had unexpected medical bills or other bills that came up through the year shit happens… what happened to not being judgemental? Just because others manage doesn’t mean all do and they shouldn’t be torn down because of it.

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    • It also says daughter so I’m assuming there’s 3 of them.

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    • did they say that? no. if that were the case they should explain if if they’re going to publicly announce their use of the food bank.

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    • Amanda Mae Amanda Mae says:

      People live to their means. The more you make the more you spend.. that’s how it goes. Very few people DON’T do that. Someone who makes 240k a year can afford to pay a very high mortgage and car payments on premium vehicles. To have that income suddenly cut by 100k is a huge hit and requires major adjustments. 140k a year really isn’t a lot.. it goes quick when you have lots to pay for. And when you’ve been living to your means at a higher income, taking that much of an income hit can literally bankrupt people. Just because it’s not your circumstance and you clearly don’t understand it.. Doesn’t mean their struggle isn’t relevant.

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    • do you know that less than a million people make over 125k in Canada? 880,000 roughly. if you’re gunna make that much money you should be dilligently putting money away for the years you make 100k LESS. leaving the food bank for those who need it. actually need. these are people who are irresponsible with their money. period.

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  2. I always thought the food bank was a means of last resort when you are out of options. Having an income of $10,000-$15,000 per month sure buys you more options than most.

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  3. Glad the food band was their when you needed it, and good for you for getting help when you needed it

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  4. Jenny Pham Jenny Pham says:

    Maybe you should re-evaluate your living expenses and live within your means.

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    • Amanda Mae Amanda Mae says:

      Pretty sure it says right in the post that they did just that.

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    • Jenny Pham Jenny Pham says:

      At $140k per year combined, which is $100k less than the past year and they require the services of the food bank? Am I possibly reading this wrong?

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    • Hummm… $40000 combined isn’t much…if you need it. … you need it!

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    • Meaning they made 240k last year and 140k this year. Not 40k.

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    • Jenny Pham Jenny Pham says:

      According the wording of the post, their current income is $140k per year, which is $100k less than what it was the previous year. If that is the case, they need to re-evaluate their spending. If their previous income was $140k and is now currently $40k then ok. Understandable.

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    • Amanda Mae Amanda Mae says:

      No. Current income is 100k less than it was last year. Meaning they now have one hundred thousand dollars a year LESS to live on. How is it hard to understand that that put them in a really rough spot? Having 1/4 or more of your income just disappear would put most people in a pretty shitty spot.. regardless of what the actual numbers are.

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    • Stace Dace Stace Dace says:

      $140 k …. I guess there must be big debt. I would love to have that combined salary.

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    • Ashley Hyson Ashley Hyson says:

      It doesn’t really matter what their incomes where. When your used to living off of a certain income, a huge cut like that does a lot of damage.
      They probably have a big mortgage and vehicle payments that their previous income supported.
      You can’t just get rid of those payments overnight and in this economy, selling a house or vehicle is very hard.

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    • Jenny Pham Jenny Pham says:

      “My husband and I make about 140,000 combined and have also had to use food bank twice this year. Our income is about 100,000 less than it was last year and we’re learning how to budget with a smaller income.” SO according to this exact wording, they are making $140k per year combined, which is $100k less than the previous year. Math says if they WERE making $240k per annum combined and have not been able to save for a rainy day, they have been living far outside of their means? I am not refuting the fact that if the is a family making $40k combined would require the services of the food bank at all.

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    • Amanda Mae Amanda Mae says:

      I’m so thankful people like you don’t determine who gets help, and who doesn’t. Wow.

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    • Jenny Pham Jenny Pham says:

      Was it wrong to ask the question about the wording? Did I call them names? I know many who live on less. Did I say they didn’t deserve the help? I said they needed to live within their means. Please, explain how that is an unreasonable statement given they are taking home just under $12k a month.

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    • Ashley Hyson Ashley Hyson says:

      Unexpected expenses come up. Vehicles break down. Lay offs. Pay cuts. You never know anyone’s situation.
      If we had to sell our house right now we wouldn’t even get what we owe, same with our vehicle.

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    • Jenny Pham Jenny Pham says:

      Again, that was never questioned. I wondered if the wording of the OP was misunderstood. If not, maybe some drastic measures regarding ones living expenses would need to be considered. If things are as dire as going hungry vs making payments on trucks/quads/mortgage payments then maybe it might be time to make more serious decisions if things cannot be liquidated fast enough.

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    • Jenny Pham Exactly. Miss a car payment. Who cares. At least my family would be fed.

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    • Xtine Fong Xtine Fong says:

      Then they need to do it agin!!!

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    • Xtine Fong Xtine Fong says:

      Then they need to do it agin!!!

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  5. Kelli Ruetch Kelli Ruetch says:

    You know some people will need to use the food bank I try hard not to have to I went to apply for a Christmas Hamper and was shunned cause I hadnt been there in 2 years.. I felt like I was a piece of garbage cause I had asked for help.. But in the same breath was also proud that I was able to fight through without cause to be honest there are people who do need it more than I did

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  6. Val Spencer Val Spencer says:

    Get a life. Im a single parent work a full time job pay my bills. Get no support from a dead beat dad. And I make half of combined income. And I proud to say my 2 kids have never gone hungry in there life and I have never gone to food bank. You need to really think your priorities. Children come before life pleasures and toys.

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    • Wow seriously? EVERYONE IS different no 2 families are the same. What happened to not judging people? Seriously

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    • Congrats everything is perfect for you right now but maybe for them it’s not… seriously

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    • Hopefully you never loose that job or you may be in the same boat. Higher income results in higher tax and bigger bills.

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    • They make way more then I get a year I get less than 25000 a year and my kid don’t go hungry

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    • But they didn’t account for the money loss. I can imagine the mortgage and car payments were crazy.

      No families are the same.

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    • Yhey still have enough more than that 2 live off of. Well above the poverty line and my friend couldn’t get food bank cause she made just over 50000 a year something is off here

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    • Marion Fuchs Marion Fuchs says:

      It doesn’t matter how much they made in the past, it’s what happened to them when our economy crashed! Yes they made over a hundred grand a year “back then”…but when that stops….nothing is nothing! Before you judge, educate yourself on how some of these charities work. You do have to qualify for them. I so agree with the past responses….be damn glad you have a job!

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    • Val Spencer Val Spencer says:

      Tracey Acheson I pay my taxes and there part of life. But I have never let my children go without. Yes if I lost my job I would go out and get another and a second job if I needed to feed my children

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    • Bran J Pman Bran J Pman says:

      cant forget that many do not get Child tax benefits or child subsidy ,no GST or bonuses from the Alberta government . We have to pay ridiculous amounts for child care and get taxed out of our A$&

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    • Val Spencer nor have I! But if I had to feed my family and that was my only option, I certainly would no matter what I made a year ago!

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    • Ps with all the new tax coming in, a 100 k a year income after tax is like 50 to take home with no rebates just more tax.

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    • Val Spencer Val Spencer says:

      Yes I agree with you. But there always been taxes and more taxes. But I work hard for my life to provide a safe secure household for my kids. As I’m sure you do as well

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    • I believe your point is no matter what people make lots are living “outside” their means. I am so with you I am single parent no subsidy no child support and I get by barely but we do…my child has clothes and food and even electronics but I don’t have a fancy house or car…my needs are met. Do I stress you better believe it buy my kids food and shelter and care come before ANYTHING….and to those saying they lost jobs so did I with the down turn took me 6 months to find another but you do what u need to…and don’t that did not mean using food bank….ughh

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    • Val Spencer Val Spencer says:

      I feel for the people who did lose there jobs in the down turn. I have friend who have lost too. I’m glad you are working and you understand. I’m very excited for your success. Yes we do what we need to do for our children. I’m sorry if ruffled a few feathers

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    • Lol I hear you some over react to honesty and it is possible to feed and clothe kids on less than 100k lol….I know someone unemployed over a year but get out there daily until u get something….I have 0 benefits but I get by….congrats on not being a statistic!!!!@

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    • Im a single mom with 2 kids as well who works full time and gets no financial help from the dad…yet i still manage to pay my rent insurance daycare groceries and my car payments…and i havent been to the food bank either…its called budgeting and it works wonders on a limited income ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • How do you make over 100k a year and not have a safety/ emergency fund! Oh right… irresponsibility… They lived beyond their means and have to accept it… The thing about working in a boom/bust industry is that it does bust.

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    • It’s nothing but material bullshit. People’s shit is more important these days. As long as they look good, they don’t care where their next meal comes from, someone will feed them. And I’m only talking about the ones that own expensive houses and drive expensive cars. Sell that shit and continue on with your life. You fucked up, admit it and quit begging for handouts.

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    • It’s nothing but material bullshit. People’s shit is more important these days. As long as they look good, they don’t care where their next meal comes from, someone will feed them. And I’m only talking about the ones that own expensive houses and drive expensive cars. Sell that shit and continue on with your life. You fucked up, admit it and quit begging for handouts.

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  7. OP did say they are downsizing – but down sizing still takes time. If you’re locked into a mortgage, you’re locked in.

    People buy what they could afford, they did budget it for it when they had the money. Anything can happen and just because you lose 100k/year doesn’t mean your mortgage or car payment suddenly drop with your income.

    Do I feel sorry for OP? Not really, with $240k/year they should’ve EASILY been saving enough for a rainy year, never mind a rainy day, but they made their choices and bill collectors don’t care so I understand why they are pay cheque to pay cheque.

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  8. Thanks for donating when you could. It’s just confusing for us people on low income (my husband and I make less than $30,000 combined) to understand how people with amazingly high incomes can say they need the food bank. It’s been 15 years since I had to go to a food band and that was back when my first husband died and I had a daughter to feed and had no insurance or other income… So it’s just dumbfounding how a person who makes so much more can say they have no money. I am not trying to sound mean or negative, but I know in black and white text every thing comes off harsher than intended but if I made what you make.. I could have worked 1 year than taken 4 years off, traveled, given a stranger enough money for a down payment on a home of their own, and then maybe picked up a few shifts at McDonalds to get by.

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  9. When your income decreases by $100K, it’s not like you can immediately liquidate assets as you need in order to live within your new means.

    Sure, you can downsize cars, but you can’t sell a house just because you want to. You cannot sell other big ticket items (RVs, ATVs, boats etc) just because you need to. You can’t go from a $240k life to a $140k life at the snap of a finger, even if $140k is still good money.

    It is possible to be doing everything you can to live within your new means but still not make ends meet.

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    • Making $240K a year should mean you have a very healthy emergency fund.

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    • Making $240K a year should mean you have a very healthy emergency fund.

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    • And I call bullshit… As a student who at times couldn’t pay rent, bills or afford food I’ve sold jewelry and other things on kijiji, rather than use the food bank or go without a cell phone or power or the internet… Like give me a break, if u r making that much money u have some extra unnecessary things to sell lying around.

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    • What one person would/wouldn’t/has/hasn’t done isn’t a benchmark for everyone.

      Is a student who has gone to the Food Bank a bad person?

      Most of the posts (and comments) on this page are bullshit. I don’t know why people continue to get their panties all bunched about it.

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  10. Obviously the food bank doesn’t verify income anymore…

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  11. No to mention taxes are ridiculously heavy if you earn more … sadly you probably take how way less than people realize and it takes time to adjust to a lower income level! Good luck and hopefully soon you can be back to be on the donating side!

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  12. I don’t even make $800 a month right now and I don’t use the food Bank. Other people need it more then I do.

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  13. Tara Adams Tara Adams says:

    Help is available for those that need it…Funny…some people define needs different than others. ..BUT the one thing that supercedes it all…is Love and understanding. .Why judge. ..in this economy. .we all need a little help.. love and understanding. .

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  14. I make substantial less than you. Single mother to three and I have never used the food bank

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    • Amanda Mae Amanda Mae says:

      …good for you? Clearly your situation has never been as dire as the OP

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    • 140,000$$$ that seems like a dire situation.
      Single mother with no help from the father. Leaving me and the kids when my maternity was about to run out with no job lines up. Leaving me with bills and a house I can’t afford. . That’s not a dire situation?
      Please keep your trap shut
      Making 140000 a year is not a dire situation.
      Learn to budget your money better.

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    • Tiffany has a point

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    • And who’s fault is that.. boohoo move on if you don’t like what the OP has to say.. shit happens to all walks of life and that’s what these programs are for to help everyone doesn’t matter your age race or the amount of money you make.. shit happens

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    • Lmao it should matter the amount of money you make.

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    • Amanda Mae Amanda Mae says:

      You probably have a substantially smaller rent payment than op because you don’t have the income they do. Same with car payments. You probably don’t own a lot and probably don’t have a lot to pay for. Increase your income and don’t you dare ever own a house that would be outside your means if, God forbid, your income should drop by a huge amount suddenly. Cause apparently that will mean you don’t budget well and it’s your own fault. Also don’t ask for help, even if you need it.

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    • Actually. I probably pay more than then I rent. My rent is over 2000 a month.
      And actually, twat, my income HAS decreased. I was living with two incomes with three kids. Two incomes dropped down to NOTHING. I’d say my income has dropped. Then getting a job that is NOT near enough to pay for child care rent bills food bus passes for my daughter and now christmas. All. On. My. Own

      So, again, making less with more to pay and yet haven’t gone to the food bank.
      Choosing food over a necessity for myself is a priority.

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    • Ashley Hyson Ashley Hyson says:

      ask yourself how you would get through the months if you took a 40% pay cut.
      It doesn’t matter how much a person makes, a cut like that will hurt.

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    • Again. I HAVE. two incomes. Dropped to nothing.
      My ex was paying the majority because I was on maternity. And he left with out warning.
      So my income had dropped by 100% until I found a job. And even now my income has dropped by 75%

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    • Amanda Mae Amanda Mae says:

      If you’re hurting too, why the hell are you so bitter about another person who has needed help? Where’s your compassion? You don’t have to be bitter just because someone’s situation sounds better than your own and they weren’t able to make it work as well as you were. This is what’s wrong with our world. We spend so much time judging everyone else because ‘”my life is harder” or “I made it through worse so your problems are irrelevant to me”, when we should be looking at our fellow humans and wanting THE BEST for them and wanting them to seek help and get help when they need it REGARDLESS OF THE REASONS WHY. Just because someone’s reason for what they do isn’t good enough for you.. Doesn’t mean it’s not good enough.

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    • Agree with Tiffany. Can’t have compassion for those making $140k & up and never left room for a rainy day and lived well beyond their means. Reality check!!!

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    • Tiffany Cunningham you are a bitter mean little girl needs to grow up.. like I said life happens.. sounds to me your just trying to make yourself sound amazing.. and what you in your whole life have never ask for help I call bull

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    • Alexis Musik I don’t care if I am or not.. if she doesn’t or does use the food bank who cares if they Make 10 to 140k like I said shit happens and we judge ppl everyday

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    • Lmao, just like you’re…..judging me? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Lmao, just like you’re…..judging me? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Alexis Musik Alexis Musik says:

      Nancy-lee Kelly yeah, YOU DO!!!

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    • Alexis Musik Alexis Musik says:

      Nancy-lee Kelly yeah, YOU DO!!!

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    • Tiffany Cunningham yes

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    • Kettle, is that you?

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    • Nope don’t care don’t like what I say don’t comment..

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  15. Mary Maria Mary Maria says:

    In my opinion. If you can’t budget enough for groceries on a 140 k year income, there’s something wrong. We’re a family of 7 and never used it. We donate. I don’t have nails, I drive a van. And my hair is to my waist. Priorities.

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  16. I honestly can’t believe some of these comments…. some need help some don’t leave it at that people. Who cares what your income is! Shit can change in a matter of a day. Anything from job loss to unexpected bills that come up… also you can’t just “downsize” over night either.

    We went from a stable income to having to scrap by because my husband lost his job and had gotten sick and with no medical coverage a lot of money went into medical expenses…. some people need help at times and no one should be tearing anyone down for using resources that are there to help those who need it…. this post makes me want to actually cancel our food bank request because of the judgement people have shown here. Yeah we need it but according to half of you we don’t because of what our income WAS

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    • Thank Andrea E Diaz really shows your true colors ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you never have anything like job loss, illness or anything happen to you unexpectedly. I hope your life remains full of sunshine and rainbows forever.

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    • You’ve also made me feel so great about my husbands illness and job loss feel better as a person?

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    • Shannon Meek Shannon Meek says:

      Leslie don’t worry about the negativity. I think it’s hard for people to understand that sometimes you can’t just adjust to your means as quickly as imagined until you’re in that situation. I’m sure you’ll pay it forward when you can and I hope your husband has better luck with his health in the new year.

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    • Shannon Meek Shannon Meek says:

      Leslie don’t worry about the negativity. I think it’s hard for people to understand that sometimes you can’t just adjust to your means as quickly as imagined until you’re in that situation. I’m sure you’ll pay it forward when you can and I hope your husband has better luck with his health in the new year.

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    • If it was that easy we wouldn’t be struggling yes we have a truck and payments to make however it’s not as easy as just getting rid of it over night

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    • Mildred West Mildred West says:

      Leslie I am glad people like you are using these services. Don’t let these bitter people make you feel bad about it. You contribute to society and have fallen on hard times. You deserve the help.

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    • Except that the economy has been down for 2 years now which is not exactly an overnight thing either. I’m betting the people that had to downsize have had quite a bit of time to do so at this point.

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    • Except that the economy has been down for 2 years now which is not exactly an overnight thing either. I’m betting the people that had to downsize have had quite a bit of time to do so at this point.

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    • Nikki Rushton have you ever tried to get rid of a financed vehicle without having your credit screwed and possibly a co-signers credit ruined? Things happen yes the economy has been dropping for 2 years however other things happen as well in life. Ever owe a bunch of money for a lawyer and having them down on your throat for full payment? Life happens and things happen out of our control we had savings which went to keeping the roof over our heads and our home heated. Savings run out eventually. Illness happens. Shit happens. We’ve been trying for almost a year now to get rid of our vehicle without damaging my father’s credit and guess what it’s not easy to do. So again people need to THINK before they judge others everyone’s situations are different.

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    • Mistake # 1: Financing a depreciating asset.
      Mistake # 2: Getting a co-signer.

      Please, for the love of God, don’t ever make those mistakes again.

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    • Well I’m so sorry that we made our own life decisions Alden I’ll make sure to consult you before I do anything ever again in my life when you need a vehicle you do what you have to

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    • You shouldn’t take my comment so personally when I never named you or anyone in it. I’m simply pointing out what the facts are. The fact is that there has been ample time when the economy was bumping for people to establish savings and rainy day funds and/or for people to get their finances and affairs in order. I have zero sympathy for the OP and those who chose to live house poor and beyond their means with half million dollar homes and a need to keep up with the Joneses who now can’t seem to live on $140,000 a year. By the way, I’ve been unemployed for a year living fairly fine off my savings in a modest trailer. Everyone is going to judge when they hear baloney like this, and they have, so you’d better get used to it. As much as it is about ‘THINKING’ as you call it – it’s more about budgeting, about employing common sense which is far from rocket science but yet has somehow has taken leave from the pink matter of most people. So you can step down from your preachy soap box now.

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    • And now you are suffering the consequences of such bad decisions. I used to be in your shoes. I wish someone would have told me not to do that. Everything is 20/20 in hindsight but its more important that you learn from your mistakes.

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  17. At one point in my life, I was making $18k/year, and I struggled to make my rent and car payments like you wouldn’t believe – month after month after month, yet I’ve never gone to a food bank in my life.

    However, this may simply be because I feel that, no matter how bad my personal situation is, I should just be happy that I do in fact have a roof over my head, and a reliable car as well. My car is certainly not something I take for granted, but I do understand others using food banks, despite making 9x more than I do… You see, people get used to certain things, and it takes a little while to go below those means. I just hope that the changes that you say are being made do happen, and that you do leave the food for those that truly, truly NEED it to survive, rather than to make next month’s bills at a rate of $15k/month.

    However, losing HALF of one’s income would affect each and every one of us – even if you went from $1 million, down to $500k – so let’s be reasonable and understand that it takes time to lower one’s bills each month, especially if those bills are vehicles and/or a large home (or two).

    In the end, it is to each their own though, and I wouldn’t even be mad if I saw someone in a $450,000 Lamborghini show up at a food bank. We don’t know anyone’s full situation, and we never will.

    PS. I literally eat those $2 microwavable meals on a daily basis and spend no more than $90 to feed myself each month. Unhealthy as hell, I know, but I’m an entrepreneur BY CHOICE, and will suffer however I need to survive and make ends meet due to my choices. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

    PPS. I am addicted to coffee and I smoke cigarettes, unfortunately. So, IF NOT ANYTHING ELSE – for these two reasons alone, I will never feel comfortable taking food from someone else that may need it, as I spend money on cigarettes and coffee; items that are not required to live (and quite clearly the opposite).

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    • Sorry, but I need to reconsider how I donate food and help others if they are willing to give food to a person with a $450,000 car. To me that doesn’t demonstrate need.

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    • They could literally be picking up for someone else in need. Like I said, you do not know anyone’s situation.

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    • Which is why social assistance programs are income-tested. Not sure about Edmonton’s Food Bank but for others you have to show that you are “low income”. Clearly, someone that makes $10,000 a month would not qualify as low income.

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    • Couldn’t have said it better I know the feels and yet people like this complain like your kidding me right I would love the opportunity to be able to put myself through more schooling to get a better job but unfortunately finances always come between reality and my dreams. The life you live when you work for what you earn and not have it giving to you like a good chunk of the majority and they would never survive without $$

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    • I am all for helping my fellow man but the resources at the food bank are limited. Feeding a homeless senior on a fixed income should take priority over feeding Chuck White Collar who is there because he can’t make his boat payment this month.

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    • I can remember making 8.50 an hour and paying rent and eating waffles for supper!…I was HaPPY to make rent…I was HAPPY to eat…and I was proud that I did that on my own…:)

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    • I can agree one hundred percent that we have similiar views on needs and makig it by.

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    • You seriously need to get your butt over here to have a good meal now and again Mr. Shoutout.

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    • It’s’ call pride guys. If you’re hungry, sell your 1/2 miillion $ home, sell your vehicles and get into something affordable for god sake. The food bank is for people that own NOTHING and are starving. So sick of people taking advantage of others. If you are sitting on a wad of money and refuse to downgrade, screw you. Why should the general public be responsible for your bad choices? Either keep it to yourself or experience the wrath of others that live within their means. It’s all about pride. My opinion only.

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    • It’s’ call pride guys. If you’re hungry, sell your 1/2 miillion $ home, sell your vehicles and get into something affordable for god sake. The food bank is for people that own NOTHING and are starving. So sick of people taking advantage of others. If you are sitting on a wad of money and refuse to downgrade, screw you. Why should the general public be responsible for your bad choices? Either keep it to yourself or experience the wrath of others that live within their means. It’s all about pride. My opinion only.

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  18. We had a tough year, income pretty much cut in half after no work for 7 months. But we made it through, it’s been a challenge because when you make the big bucks…you spend the big bucks then when income changes dramatically you’re hooped. You figure it out, priorities change! I get it, but never in a million years making 140,000 should you ever have to use a food bank. You buy smarter, use your money wisely…go see someone for help in managing your money. We don’t have much left over but I still donated to the food bank this season. People are freaking unbelievable!!

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  19. I’m a single mother with 2 kids earning less than 35000 a year…I rarely have had to use the food bank (Maybe if my furnace breaks or my car needs work and I have to scrape extra cash together).I just can’t understand at all…sorry but this is something you should never ever do again.

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  20. Janice Cyre Janice Cyre says:

    bottom line no money no food that is what the food bank service is for as well as low income folks. i believe you when you say you donated a lot when you could and i am sure you will donate in the future if your income allows. so i donate for just this reason and many others. . shit happens to all of us and if you are learning to budget then that is what also counts. now go and live within your means makes for a whole different world.

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  21. Its not judging someone to say that at the income level the OP is talking about that they should not be using the food bank. Most social assistance programs are income-tested.

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  22. Amanda Mae Amanda Mae says:

    There sure are a lot of self entitled, holier than thou, judgemental humans here. You’re not better than the OP because you make under 40k a year and have never asked for help.

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    • You are very young and naรฏve. Seeing your replies to comments was funny. Come back in 10 years. Not meaning this rudely, you probably just don’t know any better

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    • Amanda Mae Amanda Mae says:

      No. I’m just not a judgemental asshole and have compassion for ANYONE going through rough times. Regardless of how they got there or whether or not society thinks their problems are good enough to warrant compassion. I don’t expect most people to understand my mentality because, generally speaking, people are just self entitled jerks.

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  23. We only know what they’ve posted and said we don’t know every single detail… just sayin

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  24. Terri Bee Terri Bee says:

    Talk about living outside of your means, just because you can buy it does not mean you can afford it… good luck and I guess the food bank was there for you when you needed it, but I’m betting you could have sold a few things on Kijiji and had grocery money.

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  25. Valid post.
    I’ve commented while feeling the homeless and said to my kids, “may we never have to be on that side of the serving table”.

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  26. So the ones making 30000/ 50000a year are struggling to get food from the food bank and you have no mercury to use it at $140000. We both have our schooling and yet forced with such income do to economic issues. You guys are sickening I get it times are tough but if you make over $100000 a year you have no excuse what so to complain your life style is luxury not a need more of a want then needed. So maybe sit back and think about your life choices is it needed.

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  27. I actually have no concept of money woes for people anymore….it used to be that you were “in need” or not. And it was an obvious need…not the need to accept to live with 200,00 or more a year…I will NEVER understand what some people consider “struggling.” I obviously come from a different place of gratitude.

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  28. Really? 70 g a year and you have to use the food bank?
    I know people who make a lot less and do just fine.
    Are we a society of people who can no longer take care of themselves?
    Is self reliance a lost skill? If it is, this generation is doomed. Or at least in for a lot of disappointment.

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  29. Lets all just take a moment and acknowledge that everyone’s story is different. Everyone lives different lifestyles, in different homes, or even put their kids in different schools. So don’t be quick to judge. A lot of people in Fort Mac lost their homes earlier this year and people have the audacity to beak about how “this person” and “that person” don’t deserve to use the Food Bank. Get a life and get off Facebook if all you want to do is beak each other out. Looks like some of us aren’t so “Alberta Strong” afterall.

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  30. Travis Purdy Travis Purdy says:

    Wow……if you can’t make it work with 140,000 a year you seriously need to see a finial advisor on how to budget.
    Yup you are more then irresponsible with your money……
    I would love to see your “downsizing” of vehicles etc. What you go from a Mercedes Benz to a Lexus?
    Get a grip. If you cannot afford to live off of 140G then you are a moron who is living a luxurious lifestyle you should not be. Time to look at more then just your vehicles……how about your entertainment spending…….or hey here is an idea……a smaller less luxurious house that is not 5G a month mortgage!
    I am so sick of these 100G+ cry babies whining about how bad it is………….
    Guess what moron……my 22year old daughter supports 2 kids and herself on a 30G MAX PER YEAR INCOME and has not once even graced the doors of her local food bank to feed her 2 and 4 year old kids.

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  31. Alexis Musik I give you an A for your heart, but an F for your choice of stores.

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  32. Alexis Musik I give you an A for your heart, but an F for your choice of stores.

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  33. Sitting here making a third of what you do, with no partner, and kids. Nope, no food bank for me. In fact every single time I go shopping I put food into the bin.

    Irresponsible doesn’t begin to cover it.

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    • Mildred West Mildred West says:

      Yes irresponsible, but not undeserving of help. Women having hoards of children they can’t afford is also irresponsible, yet because they’re poor nobody complains about them getting help. Good for you for not needing help, but no need for the bitterness towards those who do.

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    • Oh boy the sterilization police again… People like you are disgusting.

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  34. 140 k and using the food bank? Sorry but seems like you have an addiction of some sort lol.

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  35. Wynn Jera Wynn Jera says:

    Maybe you need to stop living the life of keeping up with the Joneses, having the 2 week holiday to the all inclusive resorts every year on credit card. Stop eating out every night. If honestly you made 240K last year you seriously need to rethink your lifestyle and priorities because if you have no savings to fall back on to keep you going in the tough times. There is something seriously wrong with that. I am 43, drive a vehicle that is paid in full, live is a very modest 1400 sq foot condo that is paid in full. I have RSVP, I have investments, I have savings, I have medical insurance for emergencies to cover my bills when needed. I have budget and I stick to it. I never make anyone pay for my mistakes or poor planning. That is not fair…. If I can do it on 30k, anyone should be able to, with planning and a budget. You made 240k last you and Lord knows for how many years before that. You should have savings and investments. I make under 30k last year and even I have them. It is time for you to learn the valuable lessons of Charles Dickens and The Christmas Carol and the Grinch. Stop putting the value of your life on in material items. Volunteer at a shelter or the Hope Mission rather than taking food from those that make pocket change in comparison to you yearly income.

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  36. Makes me sick!!! Im lost my job twice this year. And being on EI I only get under 700 every 2 weeks my rent and utilities is 1850… you figure out the math. And here some of you are making double of what I get to survive till things come together for me. SHUT UP WITH THE COMPLAINING WHEN THERE ARE PEOPLE WORSE OFF THAN YOU

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  37. I’m sick of all the people saying “oh you don’t know their situation, blah blah blah”. If you make that amount of money and use the food bank taking food away from people that truly need it then you should be ashamed. Sell your Lexus and live within your means.

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  38. Jackie Neil Jackie Neil says:

    OK……how is this even possible? I’d estimate you bring home $7500-8500/month. Do you know how many people would KILL to make that kind of money?? Me included!! How can you not live off of that? I’m not trying to be flippant or arrogant….I’m genuinely curious.

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  39. Wow people need to learn how to manage their money!

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  40. I buy socks directly from the wholesaler and donate those. So I hate to be a one upper but…

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  41. Good Lord !!!! No wonder the food bank is empty.
    Shame shame ppl !

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  42. Samara White Samara White says:

    So you go from making 20k a month to 11.5k a month. Let’s say your mortgage payments are 3k a month (very unlikely but lets) so you are left with 8.5k let’s say your car payments are another even 4k (again probably not even true) so that leaves us at 4.5 left. Let’s say for cellphone heating, and cable let’s go with 2.5k for that number. What the fuck do you do with the missing 2k a month? You can’t afford food with 2k a month? I get downsizing I really do. But….no I’m sorry I really don’t. There honestly is 0 reason. And I do mean 0 reason you should have to use the food bank with the amount of money you are making. You make more than enough income to get your shit together in a matter of months. Stop using the food bank and get your priorities straight.

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    • Mildred West Mildred West says:

      Nice math there.. you forgot about the 30% they’re paying in taxes in that income bracket.

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    • Samara White Samara White says:

      Oh my bad that’s still well over 8k a month. I can readjust my figures if you’d like considering I literally over estimated everything

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    • 26% federal rate on the income that’s above $90,563. Less tax on the rest.

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    • 26% federal rate on the income that’s above $90,563. Less tax on the rest.

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    • Samara White Samara White says:

      More than enough money to be able to adjust in 3 maybe 4 months. Not the entire year.

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    • Samara White Samara White says:

      More than enough money to be able to adjust in 3 maybe 4 months. Not the entire year.

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    • Mildred West Mildred West says:

      I doubt you over estimated. My mortgage is 4600 a month. That’s with a 30% down payment. My point is.. you can’t guess their expenses. Living on a large income usually means living on a larger debt.

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    • Mildred West If you have 30% equity in your home you could easily get a short term loan to cover your expenses for a few months.

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    • Samara White Samara White says:

      Well it’s a good thing there’s jingle mail then!

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    • Samara White Samara White says:

      Just want to clarify I’m kidding. But my point is is that they are still making way more than the poverty lvl and the average person. It really doesn’t take that long to re organize your bills and to budget properly. Unfortunately stop paying things like your car to buy food. If you have to stop making car payments and your car gets taken by the bank, oh well Atleast you have food on the table. Priorities my friend.

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    • Mildred West Mildred West says:

      What does that have to do with OP? We don’t know if they have any equity in their home. We can guess all we want, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt that all resources were explored and they didn’t come to their decision to go to the food bank lightly. Are you all missing the part that says they had zero dollars and a hungry child? So much hate and no understanding. Makes me not want to donate to the food bank.

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    • Samara White Samara White says:

      No one is missing that they have 0 dollars, people are saying they need to get their shit sorted out. If it means that your car needs to be repo’d then so be it. But you can sit here till you are blue and the face and tell me you think its okay for someone making more than 8k a month to use the food bank just because they have no money, and they haven’t figured out how to budget in an entire year? If it was just 1 time, whatever i get it, but 2 times and they don’t even feel bad about it? No excuse. Its people like the OP that make me not donate to the food bank. Also maybe the food bank should start re thinking how they are giving their food away if this is the case.

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    • Mildred West Mildred West says:

      I agree they should reevaluate their criteria. The food bank should ask for proof of birth control from the poor as well. Oh and while we’re at it maybe ask the poor for proof of active job searching. We should probably check their bank statement too just to be sure they’re being financially responsible and not buying anything other than the necessities.

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    • Samara White Samara White says:

      I don’t know if you are being sarcastic, but I l think they should.

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    • Samara White Samara White says:

      Difference of opinion I guess!

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  43. Alexis Musik I know. That’s the important thing in all of this. I’ll reserve my hatred of Walmart for another time…

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  44. Mildred West Mildred West says:

    Lots of judgement people here. I’m glad my donations could help you in your time of need. I feel better knowing it’s going to someone who needs it during a difficult time in their life over a person who is too lazy to get a job and earn an income. You have probably paid the way for many of these people whining with the ridiculous amount of taxes you pay. I am in a similar tax bracket and can confirm the government takes a huge amount of taxes and you qualify for zero tax benefits. Good luck and hopefully this will be a lesson learned in money management.

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  45. Well I can see that a sudden loss of income does reaquire downgrading hut at the same time its not like all of a sudden they just lost 100g a year over night. And to whoever said that yes you can liquidate quads cars etc very fast for a decent resale. Even if you hold out a few weeks for the right buyer , you dont just lose a hundred grand a years overnight. I literally can even imagine making over 200k a year anyways thats just fucked up.

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    • Not to mention still 10 k a month, im sure all bills aside and debt payments if theres any you can get by. You can easily feed a family of 5 on 700 a month and thats eatingnpretty damn good to.

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  46. Sure hope you thought to cancel cable, find cheaper phone plans and sell some stuff before using the food bank. 140,000 a year (even if its a dramatic drop) is ALOT of money.

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  47. Ron Leger Ron Leger says:

    We get it, cocaine is expensive,

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  48. Laurie Kozy Laurie Kozy says:

    I guess we should just all live in squalor no matter how much we make , just in case something happens down the road that might make the lifestyle that is accustomed to is not an option . That way the pompous twits that struggle day to day because of poor education choices or bad life choices can feel good about themselves that they “live within their means”.
    Oh … I know …. maybe everyone should make minimum wage !!! That way nobody would EVER be in danger of living beyond their means.
    My hubby and I have a mortgage on a house, 2 vehicles, a boat and he just bought a motorcycle. The only debt is the mortgage because we have worked hard for the things we have, FUCK YOU to all that think if we lost it all for whatever reason , we wouldn’t be entitled to use a food bank , which by the way we have contributed to many many times.
    And one last note … jyst because someone makes 140K , doesn’t mean they bring home 140K. Not by a long shot because a good chunk of that paycheque goes to lazy fucks that DON’T WORK

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  49. Mildred West Mildred West says:

    No the grossest part is all the hate. Yes OP was financially irresponsible but so are a lot of the other “poor” people who use the food bank. Having baby after baby they can’t afford then taking advantage of people who make a higher income.

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  50. I have only one word to say……..wow

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  51. I’ve recently been honored to be a volunteer for stuff a bus with Edmonton. And I witnessed many people that had so very little, reach into their pockets to give. I watched seniors on a very low fixed income give “cookies” so that no child will feel hungry. I think you need to learn how to manage your money better, and perhaps rethink your priorities. And remember the people that have to the stiff a bus Had so very little but gave with their heart.

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  52. Karen Gieck Karen Gieck says:

    I have seen people at the food bank that live in million dollar homes. Driving top notch cars… Really. .
    REALLY …….why should we support you when you are living high and mighty? ???

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  53. These situations are exactly what the food bank is there for. You should not feel bad.

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  54. When I worked at a collection agency so many people would say they couldn’t pay, but would add $65 for nails, $10 a day for lunches….then I would get people calling in who were on assistance(one girl had her worker there making her call)… I would tell them pay $5.00 a month…it made her feel more in control, and down the road the bank would settle with her……. I’m bringing this up to make a point, money and morals and values are 3 different things. Here is more moral fibre in some lower income people than in this poster. I have used the food bank twice this year when emergencies came up, then paid it forward. This person posting has no clue what it is like to wake up with no home, ugh! Just bugs me

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  55. I make 18000 a year on min wage I have a new SUV my bills are paid and I don’t use the food bank…. fuk I would give anything to make 100000 a year fuk…… how fucked are some people, it’s 2016 almost 2017 and u don’t know how to budget shit…… if ur making 6 figures then u should not step foot into a food bank that’s for ppl with fuck all maybe sell ur kids iPad or sell a few designer hand bags u must own give back 1 of the vehicles u own bite the bullet…

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  56. It’s been a hard year for a lot of people. Doesn’t matter the income level.

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  57. Did no one read this… they USED to make 140,000 and now make 100,000 less. Now simple math here people that’s 40,000 a year which is very difficult to live on depending size of family and all there bills monthly..
    Wouldn’t you rather your donations going to a family who is trying then someone who is sitting at home living of welfare and just popping out kids to be able to do so? My goodness ๐Ÿ™ It’s heart breaking to see how most of you act now a days to someone!

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  58. I’m sorry people but anyone making over 140 k a year should never use a food bank ,. You need to budget you have to find somewhere in that budget food money . If you can’t afford to drive then you take the bus get rid of your cars . My husband and I are very blessed but we have what we have because we have budgeted period and going into retirement we will do the same

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  59. Kira Kreiser Kira Kreiser says:

    If you’re making that much annually and needing to use the food bank, you are clearly overspending and trying to live a lifestyle you could afford last year.
    STOP UTILIZING THE PROGRAM.

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  60. Kim Dach Kim Dach says:

    Unreal, how selfish can someone be, there are A LOT of people that are in need of the food bank, scum like you should be ashamed!

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  61. If you have jewellery to pawn, household items to sell or a vehicle you can swap for a bus pass, you don’t need to use a food bank, you need to get up and help yourself instead of taking what should go to others. This poster is taking the piss!

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  62. Seriously making that much u don’t need the food bank

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  63. Bren Kambo Bren Kambo says:

    Personally I agree each to their own as you never know ‘what goes on behind closed doors.’ Being judgmental without knowing and even knowing another’s plight is really no one else’s business unless they are truly making it yours…….I have always believed in helping others no matter the circumstances IF I CAN even if it is just small.

    I too have been through some very rough ordeals and went through a divorce that left me virtually nothing as my ex ran off with everything. I am strong willed, positive and ‘don’t give up.’ I could have used a lot of assistance from everywhere but instead did leave it for those in more need than me as there is always more in dire situations I believed. Instead of using services I chose to get three jobs, work 60/80 hours a week, budget like crazy, amongst other things to try and move ahead: I have achieved so much it; the journey itself has been so challenging but I have really pushed forward and ploughed through so many roadblocks, so much happened ….. I could really write a book about it all! I am grateful I am where I am today but still have a little ways to go yet to better myself! Down to two jobs and lesser hours so things are looking up!!! I’m in my 60’s by way!!!

    Each to their own and as to how they can achieve ‘standing on their own two feet’ again

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