Hunger in Canada

Why Food Charity Won't Solve Canada's Hunger Problem

Megan Yarema | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Megan Yarema

Food insecurity is not as simple as being hungry, it encompasses experiencing fear about not having enough food to eat. A portion of these people head to food banks, which have seen overall visits rise in the past few years to nearly 900,000 visits each month. If the government thinks that food charity constitutes 'doing something' about food security, they need to think again.

More than a Food Bank

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

Food banks started in Canada many years ago as what is often described as a "band-aid solution" to the growing issue of hunger. Food banks were supposed to be temporary, local groups that fed the poor, while the government developed the official resolution to this societal problem. Unfortunately, this resolution was never found, and food banks are now a staple in each corner of Canada. Believe me when I say that food banks do not want to be in business. As a provincial association, a large part of our focus is on advocating on behalf of food banks and the clients that we serve. There is a reason that people are hungry, and it is not because of a lack of food in this country.

Malnutrition Exists Right in Our Backyard

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

September is hunger awareness month. We are not talking about the developing world where food shortages have long been a menace to vast parts of its populations, but in one of the wealthiest places on Earth. Regrettably, the long-term effects of food deprivation, especially at a young age, are not always readily understood or considered.

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.

Canada Must Respect the Right to Food

Megan Yarema | Posted 05.06.2013 | Canada Impact
Megan Yarema

From personal attacks to commendable recommendations -- this is the legacy of a UN final report on the right to food in Canada. Prepared Olivier De Schutter, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, following his mission to Canada last May, the report illustrates that current programs and policies are not enough to fend-off food insecurity felt by millions and calls for greater federal action.

On My Wish List This Year? A Food System That Works

Mike Schreiner | Posted 02.19.2013 | Canada Impact
Mike Schreiner

It's a sad reality that as we gather with our families and friends this holiday season to share a meal, there are far too many who will go hungry. A healthy food system benefits our economy, health and communities. It enriches our quality of life. Let's put reducing hunger and a strong local sustainable food system at the top of our wish list for 2013.

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"...

Canadians Are Starving in a Land of Waste

Glen Pearson | Posted 12.09.2012 | Canada
Glen Pearson

Just as we are learning of the new pressures on the demand for food among the marginalized, news broke of the ironic reality that Canadians waste $27 billion worth of food each year. If we broaden the issue out to include the United States, things don't look any better. It appears as though North Americans waste food on a grand scale.

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...

Hunger is Not a Game, Canada

Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones, MD | Posted 07.15.2012 | Canada
Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones, MD

The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food will present his preliminary findings on food security in Canada on May 16 in Ottawa. It's my hope that this will put child hunger squarely on the political agenda in Canada. We live in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, but hunger is something that we increasingly see among the families that bring their children to the hospital for medical attention.