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Creating a Future without Hunger

September 21st, 2018Events, Uncategorized

September marks Hunger Action Month and is an opportunity for Canadians across the country to work together, towards a future without hunger.

As we head into the giving season, it is important to remember that not everyone is able to put food on the table. Every day in our community, people are forced to make impossible choices.

Here are some facts about hunger in Waterloo Region you may not know:

  • 215 emergency food hampers are distributed every day in Waterloo Region
  • 1 in 20 households receive food assistance; that’s more than 32,000 people served annually!
  • 37% of households seeking food assistance are families with children
  • The Food Bank distributes more than 4 million pounds of food annually, supporting a network of 100+ programs and agencies.

The nation-wide campaign runs from September 1 – 30, and raises awareness and encourages important conversations about hunger on a local, provincial and national level. Canadians across the country are asked to take action in four important ways:

Educate

Learn about the causes of hunger and solutions for change. Share this knowledge and information with others!

Advocate

Talk to your elected officials about what they can do to reduce hunger and poverty in our community!

Volunteer

Offer your time or talents to your local food bank. We are always looking for dedicated people to  volunteers.

Donate

Support your local food bank by donating food or funds.

Hunger Action Month is led by Food Banks Canada and supported by the Ontario Association of Food Banks. If you would like to learn more about the campaign, please click here.