Canada Hunger

University Students and Grads Are Using Food Banks More Than Ever

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

The need for food support does not, however, stop with students under the age of 18. Post-secondary and recent university graduates are one of the fastest growing groups of food bank users across the province. With growing tuition rates, on campus living accommodations, and money for textbooks it's no surprise the wallets of students are being stretched to the limits.

Child Poverty Is a Canadian Problem

Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones, MD | Posted 09.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones, MD

This isn't just an American problem. Hundreds of thousands of Canadian children are growing up without enough. Low-income children, especially minorities and aboriginals, are growing up at an increased risk of preventable diseases -- diseases both classically medical and mental health related that arise as a result of their early living conditions and will affect us all. These numbers don't simply represent difficult childhoods; they mark a huge group of Canadians who are growing up without the supportive environments they need to develop into healthy adults.

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.

Would You Pay $45 To Turn a Starving Child Healthy?

Susanne Courtney | Posted 05.01.2014 | Canada Impact
Susanne Courtney

It's common knowledge that millions of children in the world still suffer from hunger. But did you know that with proper treatment, between 90 - 95 per cent of children can regain full health? And that full treatment can take just 45 days, and cost a mere $45?

What I Learned This Week: In Business You've Got to Be Hungry Enough

Andy Nulman | Posted 03.15.2014 | Canada Business
Andy Nulman

one of my favourite business adages is "Give me the heart and the head will follow" (particularly useful in making ultimate recruiting decisions), and its close relative "Given the choice between two candidates, I'll take the hungrier one," i.e. the one who shows they want it most.

Why "End Hunger" Deserves a Place on Your New Year To-Do List

Susanne Courtney | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Impact
Susanne Courtney

Chances are, food will remain on your mind in the early weeks of the new year as you make choices to start off right. And that's a good thing. In 2014, Canadians have the power to change the landscape of hunger. Here are three reasons why helping end hunger should be on your 2014 to-do list.

This Holiday Season, Remember Those Who Go Without

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

This month, the Ontario Association of Food Banks released their annual Hunger Report, highlighting the prevalence of food bank use and the need for emergency food services in this province. This past March, 375,789 Ontarians accessed a food bank. As you finish up your holiday shopping, please remember that there are so many Canadians going without this festive season.

Ontario's History-Making Deal For Farmers

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 11.05.2013 | Canada
Ontario Association of Food Banks

This tax credit is groundbreaking for two reasons; the first of which being that farmers deserve, and need, a tax credit to help cover the costs of harvesting and transporting produce to food banks. Until this week, farmers donated thousands of pounds of fruits and vegetables out of sheer generosity to our provincial food bank network.

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.

Part 2: Is Gluten Really That Bad?

Josh Gitalis | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Living
Josh Gitalis

The good news with all of this gluten business is, if you eliminate it from your diet and you're sensitive, symptoms will get better. I have seen this many times clinically, spoken to many people who have experienced this, and the research corroborates these findings.

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.

Going Hungry in a Land of Plenty

Ziyaad Mia | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada Impact
Ziyaad Mia

Give 30 is an initiative established in 2012, tapping into Ramadan's lessons on social solidarity, to mobilize everyone -- regardless of faith or background -- to address the challenges of hunger in our society. Hunger in Canada is not an issue of food scarcity. Rather, it is directly related to income sufficiency and security.

Teaching Kids What Hunger Really Feels Like

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.17.2013 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

My son, Derrick was one of thousands of Canadian youth who went without food for 30 hours this past weekend, as part of World Vision's 30 Hour Famine. In school hallways and church basements from Toronto to Medicine Hat, kids banded together to put up posters, plan activities, and talk about what hunger feels like.

The Technology Bringing Global Humanitarian Relief

World Vision | Posted 05.20.2013 | Canada Impact
World Vision

Three months after Typhoon Bopha battered the Philippines, people in the hardest-hit areas are still struggling to rebuild. Field workers with humanitarian relief and development agency World Vision have found an unexpected ally in the form of a cutting-edge technology.

The Real Story of Canada's Attitude Toward Food Security

Glen Pearson | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada
Glen Pearson

Since food is that important to the current federal government, I wonder what Mr. Fantino and his cabinet colleagues think about this week's release from the UN's rapporteur on Canada's declining food security. Actually, we already know the answer to that.

It Takes More Than Food to Fight Global Poverty

Glen Pearson | Posted 04.15.2013 | Canada
Glen Pearson

It was good of Minister Fantino to respond to my article, but it would have proved far more productive if he had just listened to the professionals in his own department. They possess the training, on-the-ground experience, and clear-headed compassion to help Canada make a greater difference.

Don't Throw Away the Ugly Carrot

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 02.06.2013 | Canada Living
Ontario Association of Food Banks

About 30 per cent of produce in North America does not make it to market simply because of the way it looks. The cost of food is expected to rise by almost 4 per cent over the next year, and by denying perfectly good fruits and vegetables access to store shelves, we are merely helping to steer food prices higher and higher. The time is now to stop this wasteful behaviour.

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"...

'Take Them A Meal' Helps Families In Need

2 For Couples | Neil Morton | Posted 10.23.2012 | Canada Impact

The Virginia-based site Take Them A Meal is a free online tool used to coordinate the delivery of meals to someone who is in need, making it easy ...

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.

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.

Green Hunger, Mothers' Hopes, and a Child's Cry for Peace in Burkina Faso

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 11.16.2012 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

Just a few days ago I joined Canada's newly appointed Minister of International Cooperation, Julian Fantino on a trip to Burkina Faso in West Africa. Throughout this visit I was struck by many sights and sounds that will stay with me for a long time -- evidence of how the crisis is affecting lives, how people are coping, and what more needs to be done to avert a crisis from becoming an all-out catastrophe.

Sahel Food Crisis Is Not Just Another African Tragedy

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 10.19.2012 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

Given the number of African famines and droughts I've seen as an aid worker over the last three decades, I can see how people could become apathetic over time, but I don't think it's fair, nor accurate, to dismiss this latest crisis in a "here we go again" kind of way.

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...