Food Banks Canada

A Guaranteed Income Can End The Need For Food Banks

Shawn Pegg | Posted 02.19.2016 | 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 02.19.2016 | 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 01.05.2016 | 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 11.18.2015 | 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 11.17.2015 | 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.

How Many Canadians Are Still Going Hungry?

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 10.30.2012 | Canada Impact

This spring, over 882,000 Canadians used a food bank in the month of March alone. On Tuesday, Food Banks Canada released their annual "HungerCount"...

This Thanksgiving, Consider Those Who Are Hungry in Canada

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 12.05.2012 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

We are one day away from the Thanksgiving long weekend. For many Canadian families this is all about gathering around a dinner table, laden with delicious vegetables, succulent turkeys and elaborate pastries. However, this Thanksgiving weekend, thousands of Canadians will go hungry.

Could You Live Off These Grocery Items For A Week?

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 09.18.2012 | Canada Impact

Here's a challenge: Could you eat only basic pantry items for a week? For many users of the Saskatoon Food Bank, this is the reality. Over the past...

Meal Exchange To Help With Hunger Across Canada Via Campuses

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.16.2012 | Canada Impact

TORONTO - A national student food charter will be launched in conjunction with a summit being held this weekend at the University of Toronto.The non-p...

True North Strong and Hungry

Katharine Schmidt | Posted 07.17.2012 | Canada
Katharine Schmidt

We are lucky to live in Canada, a prosperous nation. Sadly, Canadians not being able to afford food exists today. In fact, close to 900,000 individuals turn to food banks for assistance each month across the country -- a number equivalent to the entire population of New Brunswick. This is unacceptable.

Canada's Food Banks See Recession-Level Demand

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.31.2011 | Canada

OTTAWA - The number of people using food banks in Canada remains near record highs, two years after the end of the last recession.The annual study don...