10 Un-cool things about hunger in Canada

Ontario Gardener Magazine - - COLUMNS -

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.

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