Hunger Awareness Week is held every September in Canada. This year, running from September 19 to 23, food banks and poverty organizations across Canada discussed the impact of hunger in every community.
In Hamilton, to kick off Hunger Awareness Week, Hamilton Food Share invited area politicians to pack apples. When Food Share buys apples in bulk and packages them for food programs across the city instead of buying them pre-packaged, we save $1,000 which can be used to purchase other food items.
Food Share Executive Director Joanne Santucci was joined by Bob Bratina, MP for Hamilton East-Stoney Creek, Filomena Tassi, MP for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas, Paul Miller, MPP for Hamilton East-Stoney Creek, Monique Taylor, MPP for Hamilton Mountain, and Maria Pearson, Councillor for Ward 10 in Hamilton. While busily sorting and boxing apples, Joanne and the representatives discussed how important food banks are in alleviating hunger for the 12, 251 people in Hamilton who use them monthly.
In addition to the area politicians packing apples, media carried many stories about hunger. AM900’s interview with Joanne was picked up and played on radio stations in other cities.