Everyone in Canada should have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food. Yet four million Canadians, including 1.15 million children, are food insecure and struggle to put food on the table. That’s equal to one in eight households and one in six children living in food insecurity.
When we break down the data, we begin to see major inequalities: compared to the average population in Canada, food insecurity is much higher among First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. Other groups that experience higher levels of food insecurity include Canadians who identify as black, single mothers, and those who are unable to work. Overall, many of those who are already facing significant, sometimes systematic barriers, are more likely to go hungry.
In response, charities and organisations are doing their best to respond to the need in their communities, providing food, meals and sometimes even training in food skills or gardening. While these actions alleviate hunger in the short-term, wider action is needed. The causes and experiences of food insecurity are complex, but the overwhelming factor is poverty, and national leadership is needed to push for effective, evidence-based policies.
Then get together with your community and federal candidates to talk about how to eliminate hunger in Canada, by hosting or participating in an #EatThinkVote event.
This federal election, let’s get talking about food insecurity.