Canada Hunger

We Need A New Approach To Funding Poverty Reduction

Rachel Gray | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Living
Rachel Gray

Canada's largest city has a world-class problem with poverty, and yet we hope that maybe, just maybe, it will go away. Rest assured it's not. Far from an old-school approach to budgeting, we need leadership and new approaches to revenue generation unless we want to be paying for the growing costs of poverty for years to come.

Canada Needs To Revamp Its Strategy On Global Food Security

Development Unplugged | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

The deflated loonie and a marathon drought in California are mostly to blame for the jump in food prices here in Canada. Meanwhile the same forces -- economic and climate instability -- threaten to keep an estimated 795 million people hungry around the world.

Cracking Down On Hunger, One New Egg Farm At A Time

Peter Clarke | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Living
Peter Clarke

When organizations like Heart for Africa and Egg Farmers of Canada work with local farmers, the diets and well-being of the local population greatly improve. Establishing a local, sustainable source of eggs is the perfect way to ensure protein and vitamins are incorporated into the diet of vulnerable and disadvantaged children and adults living in developing countries.

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.

5 Things To Know About Food Insecurity In Canada

Carolyn Shimmin | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Living
Carolyn Shimmin

Food insecurity, also known as 'food poverty,' can cause significant anxiety over diminishing household food supplies and result in individuals modifying their eating patterns -- adults skipping meals so children can eat or sacrificing quality food choices for cheaper, less healthy options, for example.

Shipping Food To Ontario's Most Remote Communities

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 12.03.2015 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

Getting food into Pikangikum has a sense of urgency, as there is a narrow window of time when the RFDA is able to safely deliver food to the community before the winter freeze sets in. Both the Health Centre and School Meal Program are desperately in need of food, and cannot wait an additional two months until the ice roads fully form.

Poverty Feels Like Living In A Cycle Of 'Not Enough'

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Living
Ontario Association of Food Banks

Small things feel like huge, looming crises because you are so weary emotionally. Every day you are treading water to stay afloat. It's easy to feel hopeless. This is why a partnership with a food bank becomes a lifeline. A beacon of hope in your own personal storm.

More Ontario Seniors Are Visiting Food Banks Than Ever Before

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 11.30.2015 | Canada Living
Ontario Association of Food Banks

Over the past year, the Ontario Association of Food Bank saw a 35 per cent increase in the number of seniors visiting food banks. This growth is particularly concerning when looking at the aging population of Canada, where seniors are predicted to represent 23 per cent of the population by 2030.

Women Bear The Biggest Burden When It Comes To Climate Change

Oxfam Canada | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Impact
Oxfam Canada

The climate is changing. For some of us this means less quality food, less choice and higher prices. As today's World Bank report notes, for millions, it means being pushed into poverty. And for millions of women already living in poverty, it means more hunger.

While Worried About The Election, We Forgot About World Food Day

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 10.31.2015 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

The fact that it passed entirely without notice reaffirms just how lucky we are to live in this blessed land of plenty. But perhaps it's a good occasion to reflect upon the importance of food in our tumultuous, changing world.

The Ecological and Economic Costs of Food Waste Is Staggering

David Suzuki | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Living
David Suzuki

In North America we tend to focus on how food is grown and harvested -- organic, free range, cage-free, Marine Stewardship Council, fair trade, non-GMO, vegetarian-fed and locally grown among them. From a sustainability point of view, though, the most important question is missing from these labels: Will this food be eaten or will it end up contributing to the world's growing food-waste problem?

Food Insecurity Is the Predictable Result of Poverty

Rachel Gray | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada Impact
Rachel Gray

The Stop has been running a food bank for over 30 years. With help from students at the University of Toronto's School of Public Policy, we recently asked community members about our emergency response. We provide healthy food, but our monthly hampers last three days. We wanted to know what happens the other 27 days. Food insecurity is not an "emergency," but the predictable result of poverty, a slow-burning fire, affecting one in eight Canadian households. More than 30 years on, we refer to food banks as emergency response. Is that what we mean? Is it time to call out this dangerous misnomer and the inadequate national response it has fostered?

Can Drinking Water Before Dinner Really Help You Lose Weight?

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 09.04.2015 | Canada Living

Just another reason to get more water in your life.

Ramadan Changes What Food Means to Me

Safiyya Vankalwala | Posted 07.06.2015 | Canada Living
Safiyya Vankalwala

Fasting itself does not help those less fortunate. However, the person fasting has a heightened awareness of how it feels to be hungry and therefore how those less fortunate feel being hungry every day. Knowing is one thing, but experiencing is completely different.

10 Challenges I'll Face Every day During Ramadan

Safiyya Vankalwala | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Living
Safiyya Vankalwala

Ramadan is scheduled to commence later this week and I am not looking forward to it. The Islamic calendar is lunar based, so Ramadan shifts by approximately 10 days every year. Fasting during the winter months is easy with dawn being so late and sunset being so early. Fasting during the summer months is brutal -- dawn is currently at 3:45 a.m. and sunset is at 9 p.m.

Agricultural Development Plants the Seeds for Long-Term Poverty Solutions

Hélène Laverdière | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Hélène Laverdière

While the right to food is a basic human right, food insecurity is a serious problem around the world. The global evidence is clear. Countries that make investments in agricultural development are better equipped to eliminate hunger, reduce rates of undernourishment and accelerate their economies. What's more, increased farm incomes stimulate employment both on farms and in the broader community. Further, the World Bank found that GDP growth originating from agricultural development is twice as effective in reducing poverty as GDP growth stemming from alternative industries.

Defeating Global Poverty Requires a Shift from Billions to a Trillion Dollars

Bessma Momani | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada
Bessma Momani

The World Bank's ambitious goal to end poverty by 2030 requires large transformations in the global political economy so everyone has a chance for a better life. According to World Bank President, Jim Kim, defeating poverty requires a surmounting push from $131 billion dedicated to development, to a trillion dollars.

Without Affordable Housing, the Need for Food Banks Will Remain

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 03.29.2015 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

This past holiday season, food banks all across Ontario benefited from the generosity of their communities. Ontarians came together to donate food and financial support, both of which will make an enormous difference in the lives of people who struggle to make ends meet. Yet as the holiday lights and warmth fade and we head back into everyday life, we must not forget that this is not enough. In Ontario alone, it is estimated that 770,000 people visit food banks annually, and 20 per cent of food banks run out of supplies at least once every year. In a province that has more than enough food for everyone, why is this happening?

Hunger Is a Less Visible, but Real Side Effect of Ebola

Plan International Canada | Posted 02.19.2015 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

Even when Ebola is finally contained, the reality is thousands of people will continue to face hunger and malnutrition leading to death for months, if not years. While they won't succumb to the disease itself, they'll still experience hunger because of the effects of an Ebola epidemic.

Do You Know the Real Reason Why You Eat?

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

By nature, we are genetically programmed to eat whenever opportunity presents itself, presumably stemming from times when food was much scarcer than it is today. And although the "feast or famine" scenario is no longer as common as it used to be, our instinct for making the most of opportune encounters still exists and influences our behaviour.

What It's Like to Be a Young Food Bank Client

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

As a 26-year-old business professional I face very typical problems on a day to day basis, ones that many of you may face. I have to deal with traffic, I have to find parking in downtown Toronto, I have to deal with deadlines. But it wasn't that long ago that any of these trivial issues were not a concern to me as my only burden was finding my next meal. For two years I battled homelessness and my hope was dependant on youth homes and the kindness of strangers.

Food Banks Were Meant to be Temporary. So Why Are They Growing?

Glen Pearson | Posted 01.12.2015 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

The real news in the recent Hunger Count 2014 report is not that 841,191 people came to food banks for help in one month -- a number 25 per cent higher than in 2008. Nor is it the realization that close to 40 per cent of food bank recipients are children. No, the overarching narrative is how the presence of food banks in most communities has come to represent the failure of imagination for a country and its citizens.

For 375,000 Ontarians, Thanksgiving Dinner Isn't a Reality

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

It must be fall, bringing with it Thanksgiving. This October, however, more than 16,000 families in Ontario will have no other choice but to visit a food bank for the first time in their entire lives. And while the idea of turkey dinner with all the trimmings certainly sounds delicious, for over 375,000 adults and children, it is simply not the reality of the season.

University Students and Grads Are Using Food Banks More Than Ever

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 11.17.2014 | 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 11.12.2014 | 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.