More than one third of food bank users in Canada are children.
While providing food to children in need is important, it’s not a permanent solution. Real change can only come through action in other areas. Which is why Food Banks Canada has developed various programs and policy and advocacy initiatives to tackle child hunger, head on.
we are working
toward a Canada
where no child
POLICY AND ADVOCACY
Over the last decade, Food Banks Canada has worked hard to advance sound government policies targeting the root causes of childhood food insecurity.
Our 2013 and 2014 HungerCount recommendations highlighted the need to create a new federal tax benefit targeted towards low-income families with children. These efforts culminated in the development of the Canada Child Benefit, which has since helped lift thousands of families out of poverty.
In recent years, in coalition with other advocates, Food Banks Canada has helped pave the way for the federal government’s investment in the creation of affordable early learning and childcare for all.
Learn more about our latest policy recommendations
AFTER THE BELL
Many school-directed child food support initiatives are closed down during the summer months. In order to fill the hunger gap during this time, the After the Bell program was created.
Thanks to the support of our generous corporate partners, Food Banks Canada has been able to:
- Supply 8 weeks of healthy food packs to help keep children fed through July and August in select communities across the country
- Deliver 150,000 food packs to over 180 communities in every province and territory
The healthy Food Packs are made up of two components: perishable and non-perishable items.
- Food Banks Canada acquires and assembles the non-perishable food and then distributes these packs, along with grants, to local food banks across the country
- Local food banks then use these grants to purchase fresh, perishable produce, which gets added to the packs before being distributed to children
Click here to learn more about our After the Bell program
Communities across Canada coming together
to feed children
With children representing 400,000 visits to Canadian food banks each month, there is still a long road to go in our journey toward ending child hunger. Yet with your help, we may just get there a little sooner.