Jes Alford, of Sooke B.C., works at a grocery store and cares enough about her job that she often comes in early. But to supplement her minimum wage income she collects bottles and cans on the weekends, visits food banks, and usually only eats one meal a day. Earning a part-time wage with kids and a husband living with a disability, Alford’s income of about $400 a week isn’t nearly enough.