Food Banks Canada

Quebec Has A Super Obvious Strategy To Solve Hunger, Food Waste

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer and Jessica Chin | Posted 03.13.2017 | Canada Business

Supermarkets in the province have started diverting unsold but edible food to food banks for distribution to the hungry.

Canadian Food Banks Growing Their Own Food As Donations Decline

CP | Lois Abraham, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.14.2017 | Canada Living

"People tend to want to give us a can of soup and box of Kraft Dinner, which is fine, but we're trying to also source higher-quality nutritional value food."

We Need To Reinvent The Way We Address Poverty In Canada

Shawn Pegg | Posted 12.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Shawn Pegg

How many of us have seen food banks open their doors in our home towns? The reasons may differ by region -- the decline of manufacturing in Ontario and Quebec, fisheries in Atlantic Canada, farming in the prairies, forestry in the northwest -- but the overall reality is similar across the country. The economic landscape is fundamentally changed.

The Road To Ending Food Waste

Katharine Schmidt | Posted 11.29.2016 | Canada Impact
Katharine Schmidt

No one wants quality, safe food to be wasted. A greater focus on food rescue efforts can increase the amount of all types of foods, and especially desirable perishable products, to ensure all families can put a wholesome meal on the table.

More Canadians Are Relying On Food Banks: Report

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.15.2016 | Canada

The report recommends the Liberal government among other things fast track a poverty reduction strategy and revamp the welfare system in Canada.

What We Can Do About Canada's Food Waste Problem

Tommy Tobin | Posted 08.18.2016 | Canada Living
Tommy Tobin

While the old adage tells us to waste not and want not, all too often surplus food ends up uneaten. Canada's mounting amount of wasted food is costing consumers and cutting into the country's overall economy output. Canada's economy is losing the equivalent of two per cent of its entire GDP each year to food waste.

Refugee Response Exposes Overreliance On Voluntary Sector

Shawn Pegg | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Shawn Pegg

As Canadians have been doing for more than three decades, refugees from Syria and many other countries turn to our nation's food banks, because government supports for the most vulnerable don't even provide enough money to cover the most basic necessities.

Summer Hunger Is Limiting Childhood Fun

Pam Jolliffe | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Parents
Pam Jolliffe

While their friends look forward to camp, swimming, vacations and more, many kids and parents who rely on school breakfast programs face uncertainty. Without enough to eat at home, precious summer time memories that play such an important part in childhood are just out of reach.

A Guaranteed Income Can End The Need For Food Banks

Shawn Pegg | Posted 02.19.2017 | Canada Politics
Shawn Pegg

Food bank use currently hovering at record levels. Food Banks Canada's HungerCount report shows that the food bank network acts as an unofficial Canadian safety net, trying to fill the gaps left by low-wage jobs and radically inadequate provincial social assistance programs.

Canadian Families Struggle To Feed Kids As Food Prices Rise

CP | Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.19.2017 | Canada Business

TORONTO — Rising grocery prices in Canada have renewed calls for a national food policy as concerns over the number of Canadians living in so-called...

Money Is The Non-Perishable Donation Food Banks Need Most

Katharine Schmidt | Posted 01.05.2017 | Canada Impact
Katharine Schmidt

Without money, it would be nearly impossible for food banks to provide clients with a healthy dinner plate. That's because essentials like pasta, soup and beans pour in, while equally important items like fresh produce, meat and dairy items are in shorter supply. Financial donations create flexibility.

Why Are So Many Canadians Relying On Food Banks?

Shawn Pegg | Posted 11.18.2016 | Canada Impact
Shawn Pegg

Food banks have been helping more than 700,000 people each month for the past 15 years. These are children, families, single people and working households who need help just to have enough food to eat -- and each month, 80,000 are asking for help for the very first time.

More Children, Seniors Using Food Banks In Canada

CP | Jordan Press | Posted 11.17.2016 | Canada Living

Food Banks Canada report this year found that almost 36 per cent of users, or about 305,000, were children.

14,178,252 Visits Will Be Made To Canadian Food Banks This Year

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada Impact

More people across the country are using food banks compared to last year, and according to a recent report, over 14 million visits will be made to Ca...

Food Banks Back NDP On Child Care Debate

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.03.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canadian food banks are wading into the hot political debate over how best the federal government can help families with kids: give them tax ...

How Vitamin Supplements Can Help Canada's Hunger Problem

Tim Sinclair | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Impact
Tim Sinclair

Another issue food banks are dealing with is gauging the nutritional value of their donations and purchases. In order to address "hunger," the nutrient value of food must be analyzed. Often, government assistance doesn't cover the much needed vitamin supplements that this underserved population needs to boost nutrition and health.

Hunger Awareness Week: Who Do You Think Uses the Food Bank?

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 07.03.2014 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

At the provincial level, the Ontario Association of Food Banks strongly believes that the provincial government can and should take a more active role in tackling the root causes of hunger. This Hunger Awareness Week, ask yourself: who do you think uses food banks, and more importantly, why? Together, we can take a stand against hunger and poverty.

Poverty and Obesity: Neighbours In Our Own Communities

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Food banks, pantries and soup kitchens originally designed for emergencies now struggle to meet rising, chronic need. And in both the grocery store and the food bank, the cheapest and easiest food to come by is processed, packaged, and unhealthy.

This Province Is Seeing Near Record-High Food Bank Use

CBC | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada Business

A near-record number of Ontarians are using food banks, according to a new report. The Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) says that 375,789 pe...

There's More to Toronto Than Rob Ford

Jon Packer | Posted 11.07.2013 | Canada Politics
Jon Packer

So for those salivating for a Toronto reset, I suggest a more modest brand refresh -- one where an asterisk is added to our otherwise great city. Here we can note our city's mind-numbing congestion, condo lined waterfront, failed Olympic bids, overpriced housing and political mismanagement. All this without clouding the overwhelmingly positive attributes this city has to offer.

Look How Many Canadians Are Using Food Banks

CP | Lee-Anne Goodman, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The number of Canadians using food banks has fallen off slightly but still remains near record highs almost four years after the end of the e...

Food Banks Are No Longer Just a Temporary Solution

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 10.07.2013 | Canada Politics
Senator Mobina Jaffer

In their 2012 Report, Food Banks Canada stated that in March 2012 alone, almost 900,000 Canadians turned to food banks. Canada needs to tackle hunger directly, rather than continue to pay out year after year for its long-term consequences. Hunger is toxic for those living through it, and it is harmful to Canada as a whole.

The Canadian Population Most Likely To Use Food Banks

CBC | Posted 02.23.2013 | Canada Impact

Every Saturday morning, like millions of other Canadian families, Quxia Lin and her children, Emily and Aiden, do their grocery shopping. ...

5 Ways To Help A Food Bank This Holiday Season

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 12.06.2012 | Canada Impact

If you feel like giving a little extra this holiday season, your local food bank probably could use a hand or two. In the month of March, over 800...

Canada Needs a Poverty Strategy Now

Megan Hooft | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
 Megan Hooft

On October 17, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, women who have a lived experience of poverty spoke to a group of parliamentarians, social justice organizations and community members at the Conference Centre in Ottawa to make sure a clear message was heard: poverty still exists, and there is no reason for this in a country as wealthy as Canada. A crucial next step is to develop a federal plan to end poverty.