#Hunger in #Canada and Our New Involvement with the Food Bank

As many of you know we've had a bit of a crazy year. My husband was unemployed for the past 11 months and that has not been very fun but we have been blessed- we always had a roof over our heads, clothes to wear and food to eat. We are thankful.

I am happy to say that my husband's days of being unemployed have finally come to an end.

My husband is now the director of our local Food Bank!

(this is the picture of my husband that was in our local newspaper announcing him as the new Food Bank director- isn't he cute? :) )

Did you know that each month, close to 900,000 Canadians are assisted by food banks, and 38% of those helped are children and youth? It's true.

My husband has been on the board of the Food Bank for a couple of years and has been volunteering there for awhile so it is actually a very logical job for him and one that he is happy to have. We are passionate about helping people in need and the Food Bank certainly does that. According to the Food Banks Canada website half of food banks in Canada saw an increase in demand in 2011.

Consider these stats from HungerCount 2011:
  • 93,000 people each month access a food bank for the first time
  • 38% of those turning to food banks are children and youth
  • 7% of adults helped are over age 65
  • 10% of people assisted are Aboriginal
  • 52% of households helped receive social assistance
  • 18% have income from current or recent employment
  • 13% receive disability-related income supports
  • 35% of food banks ran out of food during the survey period
  • 55% of food banks needed to cut back on the amount of food provided to each household

If you would like to know what you can do about this Food Banks Canada has some great ideas for how you can help the hungry in your community.

You can Say NO to Hunger by taking the pledge at www.saynotohunger.ca.

And of course you can always give money and donate food and items to your local food bank!
These are the food and household items most urgently needed by food banks (taken from the Food Banks Canada website).
  • Pasta (canned or dry) and pasta sauces
  • Canned and frozen meats and fish
  • Meat alternatives (peanut butter, soy, assorted packaged nuts)
  • Canned goods (beans, soups, and stews)
  • Dairy (fresh, canned, and powdered milk)
  • Canned vegetables and fruit
  • Whole grain cereals
  • Infant foods and baby formula
  • Bathroom tissue and diapers
  • Personal hygiene products
Be sure to follow Food Banks Canada on Facebook and Food Banks Canada on Twitter as well.

And no, this is not a sponsored post. I was not asked to write this and I am not being compensated in any any way... I just really think it is tragic that there are children going to bed hungry tonight. Get Involved. Do Good. 


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