Posted on October 09 2020
Community Food Centres Canada's (CFCC) new report, Beyond Hunger, puts a human face on food insecurity in Canada.
Beyond Hunger reveals the realities of what it's like to live with food insecurity. Those interviewed describe their difficulties with physical and mental health and the strain a lack of access to healthy foods has put on their relationships and quality of life.
"I am constantly thinking about how I'm going to feed my children. It takes up so much head space”, said a community member from Hamilton, ON. “It affects my sleep, my mood, and my health. I just think of the activities I could be doing with my family if I didn't have to spend all my time thinking about food."
Food insecurity affected nearly 4.5 million Canadians, even before COVID-19. During the first two months of the pandemic, that number grew by 39 per cent. Food insecurity now affects one in seven people, disproportionately impacting low-income and BIPOC communities.
"It's easy to get lost in the numbers,” said CEO of Community Food Centres Canada, Nick Saul. “But what really matters is that people all across this country have told us they're struggling. As a society, we need to listen and take action."
This includes reading the full report HERE and contacting your local Member of Parliament to tell them it’s time to fight food insecurity and poverty in our communities by introducing government policies that will ensure everyone has access to healthy food.