What is food insecurity?
Food insecurity can be defined as the inadequate or insecure access to nutritious food. It is a serious issue within Canada, with 1 in 8 households, over 4 million people, being food insecure. Food insecurity can have a negative impact on both physical and mental health.
Here are four Food Bank charities that have been rated 4-Stars by Charity Intelligence, and are helping to fight food insecurity in Canada:
Food Banks Canada
Food Banks Canada is a national organization dedicated to helping Canadians living with hunger. They support a network of 10 Provincial Associations and more than 500 food banks. As well as helping food banks meet the current need of food insecurities across Canada, they are also finding ways to reduce hunger in the future by influencing policy through research and awareness campaigns.
Food for Life Canada
Food for Life assists in filling the gap between social assistance and living costs by providing nutritious perishable food to families. They are able to divert approximately 2 million pounds of food annually from landfills and direct it to more than 24,000 client visits each month.
Canadian Foodgrains Bank
The Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of Canadian churches and church-based agencies working to end hunger in developing countries. Their programs include funding programs to improve nutrition, assisting communities to feed themselves and advocating for necessary policy changes to end hunger.
Daily Bread Food Bank
Daily Bread Food Bank are on a mission to alleviate hunger and fight the underlying poverty that causes it. They approach this in many ways, including collecting and distributing food, research on poverty and education, advocating for improved government policies, as well as serving over 3,500 meals a week from their industrial kitchen to Toronto’s meal programs.
If you have made a donation to a food bank, we’d love to hear from you! Get in touch at @wearechimp.