Hunger is unacceptable. Yet, more than 850,000 Canadians will visit a food bank for assistance this month alone. Of those, 36% are children or youth.
In Hamilton, 12,580 individuals in our community go to food banks for assistance each month in 2017. That includes almost 4,600 children.
During Hunger Awareness Week, September 18-22, we encourage Canadians toengage.
Hunger is about more than just food.
Here are some ways to get involved:
- Tweet, email or write to your municipal, provincial and federal politicians to ask what they are doing to increase social assistance rates and support rent subsidy programs.
- 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.
- Too many people struggle in silence. Listen to people who know what it is like to try to get out of poverty.