A growing problem

Today 1 in 5 Canadians struggle to put food on their tables.

Inflation. Rising food prices. Skyrocketing rent.
Food insecurity is at crisis levels across the country.


No time to waste

There is an opportunity to shape our world along more equitable lines. The time is now to reimagine and rebuild our society with a focus on compassion and caring, equity and justice.

Crosswalk, people crossing in downtown

1 in 5 Canadians are
food insecure *

+
1 in 5 Canadians are
food insecure
*
--
17% of newcomers

48% of First Nations

39% of Black Canadians
Nurse holding patient's hands

Food insecurity makes
people sick **

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Food insecurity makes
people sick
**
--
81% say it takes a toll on physical health

79% say it impacts their mental health
the silhouette of asian plus size woman looking out through the window in an office

Food insecurity is
isolating **

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Food insecurity is
isolating
**
--
64% say it erodes relationships with family and friends

53% say it is a barrier to finding meaning in life

46% say it limits their ability to celebrate their culture
Crosswalk, people crossing in downtown

1 in 7 Canadians are
food insecure *

+
1 in 7 Canadians are
food insecure
*
--
17% of newcomers

48% of First Nations

29% of Black Canadians
Nurse holding patient's hands

Food insecurity makes
people sick **

+
Food insecurity makes
people sick
**
--
81% say it takes a toll on physical health

79% say it impacts their mental health
the silhouette of asian plus size woman looking out through the window in an office

Food insecurity is
isolating **

+
Food insecurity is
isolating
**
--
64% say it erodes relationships with family and friends

53% say it is a barrier to finding meaning in life

46% say it limits their ability to celebrate their culture
Crosswalk, people crossing in downtown

1 in 7 Canadians are
food insecure *

+
1 in 7 Canadians are
food insecure
*
--
17% of newcomers

48% of First Nations

29% of Black Canadians
Nurse holding patient's hands

Food insecurity makes
people sick **

+
Food insecurity makes
people sick
**
--
81% say it takes a toll on physical health

79% say it impacts their mental health
the silhouette of asian plus size woman looking out through the window in an office

Food insecurity is
isolating **

+
Food insecurity is
isolating
**
--
64% say it erodes relationships with family and friends

53% say it is a barrier to finding meaning in life

46% say it limits their ability to celebrate their culture

Belonging is the first step

Belonging

is the first step

Junie

"Not having food causes
so much stress."

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"Not having food causes so much stress."
--
Specialized training at the NorWest Co-op CFC in Winnipeg gave Junie a way to cope with her own stresses while also advocating for her community.

Trudy

“They know that we're
always here.”

+
“They know that we're always here.”
--
Just being there is a big part of Trudy’s job at the Qajuqturvik Community Food Centre.

Staff like Trudy at CFCs across the country are there to provide support in a space where people are fed – body, mind, and spirit.

Daniel

“Food is a
connector.”

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“Food is a connector.”
--
When they work with low-income populations at The Depot CFC in Montreal, food is the entry point for other services and resources.

It’s how they can bring people from diverse backgrounds together to build community.

Junie

"Not having food causes
so much stress."

+
"Not having food causes so much stress."
--
Specialized training at the NorWest Co-op CFC in Winnipeg gave Junie a way to cope with her own stresses while also advocating for her community.

Trudy

“They know that we're
always here.”

+
“They know that we're always here.”
--
Just being there is a big part of Trudy’s job at the Qajuqturvik Community Food Centre.

Staff like Trudy at CFCs across the country are there to provide support in a space where people are fed – body, mind, and spirit.

Daniel

“Food is a
connector.”

+
“Food is a connector.”
--
When they work with low-income populations at The Depot CFC in Montreal, food is the entry point for other services and resources.

It’s how they can bring people from diverse backgrounds together to build community.

Junie

"Not having food causes
so much stress."

+
"Not having food causes so much stress."
--
Specialized training at the NorWest Co-op CFC in Winnipeg gave Junie a way to cope with her own stresses while also advocating for her community.

Trudy

“They know that we're
always here.”

+
“They know that we're always here.”
--
Just being there is a big part of Trudy’s job at the Qajuqturvik Community Food Centre.

Staff like Trudy at CFCs across the country are there to provide support in a space where people are fed – body, mind, and spirit.

Daniel

“Food is a
connector.”

+
“Food is a connector.”
--
When they work with low-income populations at The Depot CFC in Montreal, food is the entry point for other services and resources.

It’s how they can bring people from diverse backgrounds together to build community.
Sources:
* Tarasuk V, Mitchell A. (2020). Household food insecurity in Canada, 2017-18. Toronto: Research to identify policy options to reduce food insecurity (PROOF). Retrieved from https://proof.utoronto.ca/; First Nations Food, Nutrition & Environment Study. (2019). Retrieved from: http://www.fnfnes.ca/docs/FNFNES_draft_technical_report_Nov_2__2019.pdf; PROOF Household Food Insecurity in Canada. (2020). Retrieved from: https://proof.utoronto.ca/food-insecurity/
** Community Food Centres Canada. (2020). Beyond Hunger. Retrieved from https://beyondhunger.ca
Sources:
* Tarasuk V, Mitchell A. (2020). Household food insecurity in Canada, 2017-18. Toronto: Research to identify policy options to reduce food insecurity (PROOF). Retrieved from https://proof.utoronto.ca/; First Nations Food, Nutrition & Environment Study. (2019). Retrieved from: http://www.fnfnes.ca/docs/FNFNES_draft_technical_report_Nov_2__2019.pdf; PROOF Household Food Insecurity in Canada. (2020). Retrieved from: https://proof.utoronto.ca/food-insecurity/
** Community Food Centres Canada. (2020). Beyond Hunger. Retrieved from https://beyondhunger.ca

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