Syrian refugees straining local food banks

Food bank workers say an influx of Syrian refugees is straining their resources, because taxpayer support for the new arrivals isn’t sufficient.

In Edmonton, the Islamic Family Social Services Association recently said it is having trouble coping with the food needs of more than 200 refugees from Syria.

The Parker Street Food Bank in Halifax also recently put out a call for more help, after an influx of about 300 Arabic-speaking clients over a period of six weeks.