35.2% OF THOSE RELYING ON FOOD BANKS NATIONALLY ARE CHILDREN, WHEN THEY ONLY REPRESENT 20.0%* OF THE POPULATION.
How many children using food banks in Canada is okay with you?
CHILDREN AND HUNGER
These numbers are unacceptable and need to change.
More needs to be done to support families with children who are struggling with poverty and high costs of living. That is why Food Banks Canada is recommending the creation of standardized, affordable early learning and childcare across Canada as well as federal leadership towards a basic income for all Canadians.
19.1% of food bank users live in single-parent households but they only represent 10.1%* of Canadian households
READY TO HELP WHEN DISASTER STRIKES.
Ashcroft Food Bank Ashcroft, BC
When wildfires swept through the community of Ashcroft, British Columbia in July 2018, the town was cut off for days. There was no way in or out, and power was down. Yoriko Susanj, Executive Director, and the team at Ashcroft Food Bank knew they needed to help and even though there were only three people in their office, they rallied the community, and neighbourhood food banks. When all was said and done, 920 households and 1,620 adults and children were assisted through the ordeal.
It was a complex situation. With power down, debit and credit machines were useless, and people didn’t have enough cash on hand to purchase the necessities they needed like food, diapers, and cleaning supplies. Stores that did remain open used generators but still lost a great deal of food.
By the time one road was finally opened, Yoriko organized a transport truck in collaboration with Save-On-Foods, and working with the village office, opened a distribution centre in the community hall. 80 volunteers helped unload the much-needed supplies and within an hour they were being distributed. Yoriko also arranged to have a second truck deliver food two days later.
But they didn’t stop there. Seniors and others who could not travel to the centre received deliveries by a group of volunteers coordinated by the food bank.
Now that the town is back on its feet, the food bank continues to provide food, but also emotional support to the people of Ashcroft.
Food Banks Canada provides national leadership to relieve hunger today and prevent hunger tomorrow in collaboration with the food bank network in Canada. We do this by maximizing the collective impact of the network, strengthening the local capacity of food banks, and advocating to reduce the need for food banks.