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Hunger Awareness Day is today!

May 31, 2011

Today is Hunger Awareness Day, a day that we can draw attention to the problem of hunger, and how we can work together to fix it.  More info is at this link via Food Banks Canada.

Why is it that Hunger persists and poverty strips people of choices in our communities?  Many of us woke up this morning and had a choice of what to eat today.  Many others were not so lucky.

This year between January and May we have distributed over 14,000 hampers of Emergency Food at our program alone.  A lot of the food in those hampers went to children.

So what is the big picture? Why is this happening and what you do as a single person?  Food Banks Canada has created a video to highlight the need and to suggest some options.

You can get involved with us in a variety of ways (more info here) – especially through donations and by volunteering.  Talking about hunger with your friends and family is also a great step.  Awareness of hunger is important because all to often the large number of people in need is not widely known.

Alone, Food Banks won’t make it go away.  We can help meet the needs of most of those people, but we need everyday people to help take the steps, ask the hard questions and take an honest look at why so many people are without one of life’s most basic necessities.

Let us know in the comments section what you are doing for Hunger Awareness day and what you think of the campaign. Join the conversation and help us end hunger together.

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Hunger Awareness Day

May 31, 2010

Tomorrow, June 1st, is Hunger Awareness Day in Canada and  Food Banks Canada has put together a public service announcement that focuses in on the magnitude of hunger in this country and prompts you for some solutions.

More information can be found on the Hunger Awareness Day website. For some local context check out some of our posts on our programs experiences working with people who are food insecure.

Locally, the Cambridge Self Help Food Bank is doing a Brown Bag Lunch event, where they are asking all residents of Cambridge to Brown Bag it and to donate their lunch money for that day to the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank.  More info is available at this link.

For us, tomorrow it will be business as usual.  If you want to help out please check out the Get Involved page of this blog.

Food Banks Canada also has a video that highlights the related problem of child hunger and it really packs an emotional punch.  Especially, if you have kids of your own.

No one asks to be hungry, and if you’re a child can you even really understand why it’s happening to you?  I’m an adult and it still puzzles me why our society can’t organize itself in a way that ensures that virtually everyone has the basic necessities of life, especially food.

Realistically it is impossible that every single person will have enough food to eat.  There will always be a cheque that doesn’t come, or bills that pile up higher than you can manage before another job comes.  That’s why House of Friendship started the Emergency Food Hamper Program in 1958.  But is it right that in Canada every month more 800,00 people are without food?  That’s more people than live in the entire Region of Waterloo.  Is it ok if you are hungry, your neighours, your entire block, your entire city?  At what point do we change something?

So please, share the videos with your friends and family, and ask yourself:  how can we eliminate hunger in this country?