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As part of our mission to find long-term solutions to hunger in Canada, Food Banks Canada regularly publishes research, analysis, and recommendations with a particular emphasis on federal government policy and legislation.

Each year, we produce a number of publications regarding the activities of our organization, hunger in Canada, food bank use and solutions to reduce hunger and poverty. These publications are widely consulted by our membership, government, academia, the media, and members of the public interested in making a difference.

The 2019 Election Toolkit Is Available!

The 2019 Election Toolkit Is Available!

Our hope is that food banks across Canada will use the toolkit to help them actively participate in the 2019 federal election and make the network’s policy priorities an important part of the electoral debate in ridings across the country. While the toolkit suggests various ways that your food bank can get involved in the electoral process to influence policy, every food bank has their own individual circumstances.

2019 Federal Policy Recommendations

2019 Federal Policy Recommendations

While food banks are doing everything that they can to help those in need, they are not able to address the root causes of why people need their support.

Fresh Food Tax Credit

Fresh Food Tax Credit

This policy paper outlines a tax credit plan to help farmers who donate fresh food to food banks.

Poverty won’t be solved by good intentions alone

Poverty won’t be solved by good intentions alone

A forthcoming national poverty reduction strategy must be permanent, have measurable targets, and real funding behind it.

Nowhere to Turn - Single Adults Living with Poverty in Canada

Nowhere to Turn - Single Adults Living with Poverty in Canada

The number of single, working-age adults accessing food banks has doubled since 2001, and this population now accounts for nearly half of households assisted by food banks. Nowhere to Turn examines the roots of this problem, and makes policy recommendations to help bring this population into the social and economic mainstream.

Is Nutrition North Canada on Shifting Ground?

Is Nutrition North Canada on Shifting Ground?

We make the case that Nutrition North Canada is a simple subsidy for northern retailers that has been built on a flawed, overly-ambitious policy rationale.

What Will it Take to Make Real Progress on Northern Food Security?

What Will it Take to Make Real Progress on Northern Food Security?

Northern Canadians face highly elevated levels of food insecurity. Particularly among First Nations, Métis and Inuit populations, a combination of low income, the high cost of store-bought foods, and decreased access to traditional foods has contributed to levels of food insecurity that are nothing short of a public health emergency.

Food Banks and the Dependence Myth

Food Banks and the Dependence Myth

The idea that food banks create dependence among the people they help is a common one. Many see food banks as providing – to use a well-worn phrase – a "hand out, not a hand up."

A Tax Incentive Plan for Charitable Food Donations

A Tax Incentive Plan for Charitable Food Donations

This policy paper outlines a plan to increase donations of essential food to food banks by food manufacturers.

It’s RRSP Season – If You Have the Money

It’s RRSP Season – If You Have the Money

As tax time approaches, the web is abuzz with advice on smart investing. RRSP, TFSA, RESP, bonds, mutual funds, GICs – it’s enough to make your head spin. Unfortunately, for a large number of Canadians it’s pretty much irrelevant.

Fairness for Canadian Seniors – A Reality Check on Pensions

Fairness for Canadian Seniors – A Reality Check on Pensions

The current national conversation about Canada’s retirement income system has been a great example of Canadians talking to each other about what really matters.

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Hunger Facts

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of food distributed by Canadian food banks is fresh (eg. milk, eggs, fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, bread)