No discussion of hunger is complete without acknowledging the root cause: low income. The simple truth is that the number of people in Canada living in low income has not dropped below 2.7 million in any year in the current era. One of the ways that Food Banks Canada works toward the goal of reducing hunger is through social research and policy assessment as it pertains to people living in poverty.
Our regular HungerCount survey and the resulting annual report is the most comprehensive, in-depth research in the area of food bank use in Canada. This work is crucial in helping Food Banks Canada, policy makers, and opinion leaders to better understand the nature of hunger and low income, and develop appropriate and effective strategies in response.
We also engage in policy research, and make ongoing recommendations with regards to federal policy affecting, for example, disadvantaged workers, low income seniors, tax incentives to encourage donations to food banks, and other key areas.
For more information, please contact our Director, Policy and Research at 1-877-535-0958 x231.