NewsFormer food bank client speaks out about experiences SHARE ON: Smith Autumn, contributor, Wednesday, Dec. 10th, 2014 Local food bank coordinators have been speaking out about the need in our community, and according to the 2014 Hunger Report, the need is increasing province-wide. Jessica Manuel is a former food bank client and she says accessing the food bank when she was 16 was hard, but it gave her peace to realize there was a light at the end of the tunnel.[sc_embed_player fileurl=”http://cfzn.moosefm.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/JESSICA-FOOD-BANK-USE-1.mp3″]Manuel explains how hard it is to ask for help for the first time, but encourages people to take the first step.[sc_embed_player fileurl=”http://cfzn.moosefm.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/JESSICA-FOOD-BANK-USE-2.mp3″]When it comes to food banks, the local community plays a very important role, and Manuel explains what people can do to help.[sc_embed_player fileurl=”http://cfzn.moosefm.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/JESSICA-FOOD-BANK-USE-3.mp3″]Manuel says there are success stories out there, and encourages people to come forward and share their experiences because people who are struggling will know it is okay to ask for help.To find out more about the local food banks in Haliburton County, tune in to Moose FM Thursday and Friday for the annual food bank Radiothon.