Nutritionist and food-security expert Valerie Tarasuk recalls the meeting, early on in a five-year-long research project, when she and her fellow researchers reached the point of mind-numbing exhaustion that made civil discourse nearly impossible. It had become clear to them that the way Canadians talked about the prevalence of hunger—mostly framed in terms of food bank use—was missing the point. They needed some way to communicate the severity of the problem as they saw it. But would the public pay any attention to a purely descriptive report based on data gleaned from the “bowels of Stats Canada”?
The answer, it turned out, was yes.Read more
Giving low-income families unconditional monthly payments to cover basic necessities would likely be the best way to fight food insecurity, a new report argues.
Food insecurity, which ranges from worrying about one’s ability to put food on the table to having to skip meals in order to make ends meet, affects around 12 per cent of the population in Ontario, reads the study, by the Northern Policy Institute (NPI), a non-partisan think-tank.Read more
Making sure all Canadians have enough to eat is a mission that all everyone can get behind, says Winnipeg Harvest's Donald Benham.
At the end of November, Liberal senators held an open caucus meeting to discuss food insecurity. About four million Canadians, including more than one million children, lack food security. The caucus meeting pointed out that Canada does not have a national food policy or strategy.
Benham said every Canadian should have the right to enough food, "just as every Canadian has the right to health care." He said there are about 62,000 people in Manitoba who are food insecure.Read more
Food Banks Canada calls for national basic income to combat growing hunger problem
Food bank use in Canada is on the rise, and some provinces and territories have seen "drastic" surges in use since last year, a new report says.
In March 2016, 863,492 people received food from a food bank in Canada, up 1.3 per cent from the same time last year, and 28 per cent from March 2008, according to the Hunger Count 2016 report from Food Banks Canada.
Every province had an increase except Ontario and Manitoba, and some saw double-digit spikes.Read more
From CBC News
A university professor in Nova Scotia says while turkey drives and food banks make the donors feel good — they don't fix a much larger problem of helping the poor.
Judy Haiven, who teaches in the Management Department at the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary's University, is also the chair of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in Nova Scotia.
Haiven took exception earlier this year when she heard CBC Radio's Sunday Edition rebroadcast remarks on giving socks for the homeless, with host Michael Enright.Read more