TORONTO, August 4, 2021 / CNW / – The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced today additional funding for food insecurity initiatives through Canada. Food Banks Canada is extremely grateful to have been selected by the Government of Canada donate funds to the food bank network through Canada. the $ 100 million investment with $ 25 million Going through Food Banks Canada will mean food banks from coast to coast to coast will be able to support their neighbors in need as the economic effects of the pandemic continue to create stress and uncertainty for many people in Canada.
“We are very grateful for this investment from the federal government,” said Chris hatch, CEO, Food Banks Canada. “We express our sincere thanks on behalf of all food insecure Canadians, especially now that the need for food bank services will continue to grow in the months and years to come.
In March 2020, Angus reid commissioned a poll that found 14 percent of Canadians were concerned about having to use a food bank or other service offering free food because of the economic downturn. A year later, the results of a national survey conducted by Navigator’s research firm, Discover, on behalf of Food Banks Canada, show that these concerns may have come true for many Canadians. One year after the start of the pandemic, 13% of Canadians reported that they or a member of their household had access to free food or meals from a community organization at some point in the 12 previous months. Indigenous and racialized communities, as well as young adults, have been more likely to report needing support.
As we commit to a recovery that prioritizes equity and sustainable policy solutions that tackle poverty and low incomes, we are grateful for this support that ensures that quality nutritious food is available. for those who need it in the short term. Food banks across the country have faced increasing operational pressures and declining food donations while maintaining service throughout the pandemic.
Hatch continues: “During the recovery, it is important to ensure that the most vulnerable people Canada are not left out. We have to take care of our neighbors in need. “
About Food Banks Canada
Food Banks Canada is providing national leadership to alleviate hunger today and prevent hunger tomorrow in collaboration with the network of food banks from coast to coast. For 40 years, food banks have been dedicated to helping Canadians living with food insecurity. More than 3,000 food banks and community agencies come together to serve our most vulnerable neighbors who last year made 1.1 million visits to these organizations in a single month, according to our HungerCount report. Over the past 10 years, as a system, we have bought and shared over 1.4 billion pounds of food and Food Banks Canada has shared nearly $ 70 million in funding to help maximize collective impact and build local capacity – while advocating for reduced need for food banks. Our vision is clear: to create a Canada where no one is hungry. Visit http://www.foodbankscanada.ca/ to learn more.
SOURCE Food Banks Canada
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