10 Un-cool things about hunger in Canada
1. In a country as wealthy as Canada 841,191 people need food banks just to make ends meet each month.
2. 14 million visits were made to Canadian food banks last year. That is 15 times the population of Nova Scotia.
3. Each month, 90,000 Canadians are forced to ask for help from a food bank for the first time.
4. 62 per cent of households who rely on food banks earn the majority of their income from employment. Extremely low levels of income force them to turn to food banks as they are unable to afford even adequate housing, nutrition, transportation and communication.
5. On average 310, 461 children are helped each month through Canadian food banks. That is the equivalent of 6,700 full school buses.
6. Nearly half of households helped are families with children, and close to half of these are twoparent families.
7. 47 per cent of children in northern Canada do not know where their next meal is coming from.
8. 38 per cent of food distributed by food banks is perishable - milk, eggs, bread and fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables.
9. The number of people receiving food assistance in Canada has not dropped below 700,000 per month for the better part of the past 15 years.
10. 4,308,140 meals and snacks were served in 2014 by soup kitchens, shelters, school breakfast initiatives and other programs.
Information from Hungercount 2014, a national study released by Food Banks Canada. Visit foodbankscanada.ca for more information.