Canada Hunger

Reducing Food Waste Can Help Save The Environment

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 04.13.2017 | Canada Living
Ontario Association of Food Banks

With Earth Day just around the corner, it's a great time to talk about how we can increase our efforts to better care for our planet. Climate change is one of the great challenges of our time, and how we deal with this problem will define our future as a species.

Improving Girls' Nutrition Unlocks Their Power And Potential

Marie-Claude Bibeau | Posted 04.11.2017 | Canada Politics
Marie-Claude Bibeau

Good nutrition is not only fuel for strong bodies, it also provides power that unlocks potential. This was a lesson I learned from 18-year-old Alima Mbaye, who lives in Thiès, Senegal. Alima and her friends were at a point in their lives where their future and their potential should have been limitless. Instead, malnutrition - and in this case, anemia - was like a brake holding them back.

A Website Could Help Save A Million Pounds Of Perfectly Good Food

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 04.06.2017 | Canada Living

And feed more than 14,000 people.

How Food Banks Are Transforming Their Communities

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 03.15.2017 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

Food banks see clients facing these challenges every day, and have responded with innovative programming that not only increases access to healthy food, but turns it into an opportunity to build community. Within the OAFB network, there are food banks in all corners of the province that offer innovative, healthy food options to clients. Here are just a few.

The Food Bank Will Always Be Part Of My Family Story

Matthew Ryan Smith | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Living
Matthew Ryan Smith

We didn't want charity, especially when we needed it the most. Yet it was the blind kindness of strangers that made the toughest of times a little less daunting. A full belly was one of our first steps towards a fuller life. What was once a source of shame for my family is now an important part of our story.

7 Things You Can Do This Year For A Hunger-Free Ontario

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 01.10.2017 | Canada Living
Ontario Association of Food Banks

With the new year upon us, everyone is busy making resolutions to change their lives for the better. While committing to exercise more, eat better, and quit smoking are all laudable goals, why not also set a goal to improve the lives of people in your community?

Food Alone Won't Solve Hunger

Nick Saul | Posted 12.13.2016 | Canada Impact
Nick Saul

For the last 40 years, we've been sold a lie about how to solve hunger. It's the kind of deception that sounds so right, so convincing, that we don't even ask questions. We've been told that handing out food to poor, struggling people will fill their need and end their hunger. And yet nothing could be further from the truth.

Can We End Hunger By 2030?

Development Unplugged | Posted 10.24.2016 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

Over the last 25 years, the number of people suffering from hunger dropped by 50%. Yet, in 2015, there were still 800 million people suffering from hunger in developing countries -- this amounts to twice the population of the entire North American continent.

Bringing Social Assistance Into This Decade Can Fix Poverty Gap

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 10.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Ontario Association of Food Banks

In 1993, a single person on social assistance would receive $962 in today's dollars. The poverty gap (the difference between total income and the low-income measure) was 20 per cent. Today, that single person on Ontario Works (OW) only receives $681 and experiences a poverty gap of a startling 59 per cent.

Joshua Ostroff

Food Rescuer Turns Waste Into 22,000 Free Meals A Day | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada Impact

Second Harvest saved 8.2 million pounds of food destined for the dumpster in 2015, and they've rescued 100 million pounds total.

I Have Witnessed The Realities Of Hunger In The Classroom

Daniel Germain | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Parents
Daniel Germain

As school bells rang out across the country signalling the start of another school year, Canadians were once again reminded of the power, potential and importance of education. But imagine starting the first day of school frustrated, tired and hungry.

Families In Northern Ontario Spend Half Their Income Just To Eat

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada

Feeding a family is more than twice as expensive in Attawapiskat than in Toronto.

A Trip To Costco Sparked My Crusade To Reduce Food Waste

Candice Tubbs | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada Living
Candice Tubbs

The fact that food is discarded because we "have too much" or because it doesn't look right, or enough wasn't sold and it can be thrown away without a second thought goes to show that this food management program is not working right. We as a society need to learn the importance of eating locally and seasonally.

Food Rescue: Solution For Canada's Hunger Is So Simple It Can't Be Ignored

Second Harvest | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada Living
Second Harvest

Public awareness of food waste is currently at an all-time high. Every day seems to bring news of entrepreneurs, researchers and experts who are talking about wasted food and food rescue. All of this attention makes Second Harvest's Executive Director Debra Lawson hopeful that awareness will translate to action.

Now Is The Time To Act On Hunger

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

In 2017, the Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) will turn 25 years old. We are deeply proud of the role our network has played over the past quarter century to support communities across Ontario. Food banks have grown from being a resource for emergency food support to multi-service centres that offer innovative programs to help clients move beyond hard times.

Senior Citizens Are The Unseen Face Of Hunger

Second Harvest | Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada Impact
Second Harvest

In 2015, Ontario saw a 35% jump in the number of senior citizens visiting food banks. It's a trend Second Harvest sees daily on its delivery routes. Last year, 70% of Second Harvest's agency partners noted that they serve seniors. Some agency partners, like Loyola Arrupe Centre for Seniors (LACS), are built specifically around servicing the needs of this growing and vulnerable population.

How Do We Solve Canada's $31-Billion Food Waste Problem?

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 08.10.2016 | Canada Living
Ontario Association of Food Banks

Looking at the food system in Canada is a study in contrasts. On one hand, one in eight Canadian families struggle to put food on the table, and over 800,000 people visit a food bank each month. On the other hand, we waste $31 billion in food each year, or a third of what we produce. How can a country with so much abundance also have such great need? As with any problem that is so enormous in scale, the reasons are complex, the impacts are wide-ranging, and the solutions are far from easy.

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.

Basic Groceries In Nunavut Are Pricier Than Many Trendy Foods

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 06.28.2016 | Canada Living

Some basic items now cost triple in Nunavut what they do in the rest of the country.

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.

Stop Trying To Solve Hunger With Corporate Food Waste

Nick Saul | Posted 06.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Nick Saul

It seems like a marriage made in heaven. Eliminate the vast amount of food waste in our society by giving it to the poor and hungry. No more hunger. No more waste. At least that's what advocates for food-waste-to-the-poor schemes will have us believe. Here at home, MP Ruth-Ellen Brosseau's private member's bill, C-231, Fight Against Food Waste Act, will continue being debated in the House of Commons in the coming weeks. But this is a relationship doomed before it even begins.

What Happens When The Safety Net Fails?

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 05.18.2017 | Canada Living
Ontario Association of Food Banks

As a society, we established a system of social welfare programs because we wanted to take better care of each other and ensure that everyone had access to basic needs, even during hard times. It was an effort to get a little bit closer to that perfect world. On Monday, a new report was released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives that demonstrates the gap between where we currently are and our vision of where we'd like to be.

Racing Toward The Day All Kids Have Access To Clean Water

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 05.07.2017 | Canada Living
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

This is a running program that helps train people through supportive groups and provides a common goal for us to run, for clean water for kids. Water fundraising also makes a lot of sense to me as a runner. Runners are so aware of how much they depend on water, so it seemed like a natural fit.

Northern Hunger Won't Disappear With The Snow

Shawn Pegg | Posted 05.07.2017 | Canada Politics
Shawn Pegg

In the territories, nearly one in five households has trouble getting enough food to eat. In Nunavut, this figure rises to half of all households -- a truly staggering number. This situation is the result of many factors, including the high cost of food and very high rates of poverty, particularly within indigenous communities. The effects of the residential school trauma, decreasing access to traditional foods, and the high cost of hunting add complexity to the problem.

Yes, We Really Do Eat Our Feelings

Gillian Mandich | Posted 03.24.2017 | Canada Living
Gillian Mandich

One of the most essential components of metabolism isn't a vitamin, a chemical or a molecule -- it is your psychological relationship with the food, meaning that how you think and feel about what you are about to eat impacts how your body digests it