Hunger up north

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 “Reducing household food insecurity, and the poverty that underlies it, is a win-win situation. It is a win for people facing low income, and for Canada as a whole. One does not need to look far to find many libraries worth of evidence that poverty is a key negative influence on health. Reducing low income leads to better health, which leads to higher levels of economic participation and lower costs related to health care and social services.”

Food Banks Canada, Hunger Count 2012

Here is the hunger news from our northern neighbors, and  my “Home and Native Land” …

The Numbers:

According to Food Banks Canada:

  • each month, 882,188 Canadians need to rely on food banks to feed their families
  • 31% more Canadians rely on food banks now, than before the recession
  • over one third are children and teens
  • 14% of the elderly Canadian population who live alone, are impoverished
  • 3.2 million Canadians live in poverty

The Solutions:

Food Banks Canada recommends some small policy changes that will help rectify some of the root causes of hunger and poverty:

  • make housing more affordable, and therefore more attainable
  • increase social investment in Northern Ontario
  • make pensions more adequate for the seniors who are impoverished, and who are experiencing food insecurity, as well as health issues
  • invest in good quality, support-intensive social assistance programs
  • address the issue of the decline in well-paying jobs

For more solutions, itemized in the Say No To Hunger campaign petition(sponsored by Food Banks Canada), go to:

http://www.saynotohunger.ca/SayNoToHunger/Our-Solution.aspx

Canadians, you may want to consider signing the petition!

 

HFH2

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