September is Hunger Action Month

This month is Hunger Action Month and during September we encourage people to engage in discussing hunger.

Across the country, more than 850,000 Canadians will visit a food bank for assistance this month alone. Of those, 36% are children or youth.

In Hamilton, from the 2018 Hunger Count, we know that 12,619 individuals in our community go to food banks for assistance each month in 2018. That includes 4,635 children.

Here are some ways you can get involved:

  • Food Banks Canada has developed an interactive tool about Impossible Choices that allows you to follow along in making the tough decisions that confront people who do not have enough food. See what you would do in making Impossible Choices.
  • Make your views known to elected officials and candidates on poverty reduction.
  • Donate the equivalent of the cost of a meal. Challenge your co-workers to join you. You can donate your meal online or in person at 339 Barton Street, Stoney Creek.
  • Hold a food drive and challenge other businesses or groups to have one, too. Here are some suggestions on starting a food drive.
  • Post some of the graphics below in the Social Media posts. Use the hashtags to help us boost #ImpossibleChoices and #HungerActionMonth.

For Teachers

Students are some of the most enthusiastic supporters of people facing hunger. The following curriculum guides have been developed to help teach students about the Impossible Choices that people make when living with food insecurity.

Social Media

We invite you to copy and use these graphics and the text to post on social media during September.

Hunger Action Month Posts

1 in 8 Canadian households experience hunger

1 in 8 Canadian households experience hunger #FeedTheChange #HungerActionMonth @HamiltonFoodShare

What you can do to give back in your community #FeedTheChange #HungerActionMonth @HamiltonFoodShare

1 in 3 of those helped by food banks are children #FeedTheChange #HungerActionMonth @HamiltonFoodShare

4 out of 5 Canadians understand that they play a role in helping those facing hunger in Canada #FeedTheChange #HungerActionMonth @HamiltonFoodShare

More than 3/4 of Canadians understand that hunger is not only a problem facing developing countries, but also here in Canada #FeedTheChange #HungerActionMonth @HamiltonFoodShare

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Impossible Choices Posts

Make your Impossible Choices and use the hashtags #ImpossibleChoices and #HungerActionMonth from September 10th until September 21st. Farm Credit Canada will donate 3 meals for everytime you share these messages and hashtags on social media.

What #ImpossibleChoices would you make if putting food on the table was a constant struggle? An extra job or back to school hoping for a better job? #HungerActionMonth @HamiltonFoodShare

What #ImpossibleChoices would you make if putting food on the table was a constant struggle? Move to a new city for work or stay put & continuing looking for work? #HungerActionMonth @HamiltonFoodShare

What #ImpossibleChoices would you make if putting food on the table was a constant struggle? Keep your car or sell it to buy a transit pass? #HungerActionMonth @HamiltonFoodShare

What #ImpossibleChoices would you make if putting food on the table was a constant struggle? Decide between you and your partner who gets a second job? Or a third? #HungerActionMonth @HamiltonFoodShare

What #ImpossibleChoices would you make if putting food on the table was a constant struggle? Take a full-time job with greater expenses or keep a part-time job? #HungerActionMonth @HamiltonFoodShare