Food Banks Canada, along with its provincial members and food banks across the country, are asking all Canadians to mark Hunger Awareness Week and to Give It Up for Hunger – to make a positive impact on the issue of hunger across the country.
What does giving it up for hunger really mean? It’s as easy as three simple steps:
Give It Up for Hunger – Close to 900,000 Canadians have relied on food banks this past month. Know what it’s like to have food out of reach by challenging yourself to give up your lunches or a food staple for the week.
Give a Shout – Share your experience- go online and show your support via Facebook, Twitter or blogging or wear a Hunger Awareness Week sticker
Give It Out – Donate food, funds or your time to a local food bank.
There is hunger in Canada
Food banks have been helping more than 700,000 people each and every month for the better part of the past 15 years. In 2013, close to 833,000 people were assisted each month by a food bank in Canada. Of those helped, 36% were children and 77,920 were turning to a food bank for the first time.
There is hunger in Canada because…
Too many Canadians do not have enough income to pay for rent, bills, clothing for growing children, transportation, medication – and food. Food is unfortunately one of the most flexible household expenses, and it is often nutrition that suffers when money is tight.
Let’s Give Hunger a Voice
Hunger in Canada is a significant issue. Which THIS is why it’s so critical to dedicate a week to talk about it and work together to make a change. Hunger Awareness Week, May 5-9, 2014 is a week for communities and individuals across Canada to take action in reducing hunger. You can <!––>Give Hunger a Voice<!––> and make a positive difference.
To learn more about the issue of hunger in Canada, visit the Food Banks Canada website by clicking here