A lack of food drives at local schools and businesses is leading to empty shelves, says the Guelph Food Bank.

The stock of food on the shelves is currently about a third of what it would usually be at this time of year, which typically sees the agency through until Christmas, said Pauline Cripps, administrator at Guelph Food Bank.

“Our food level stock is low right now, which is alarming for us,” said Cripps. “Food drives have not been going the way they normally would because of the pandemic, so while we are still receiving monetary donations we are not receiving as many non-perishable donations.”