April 2013

For Hunger Awareness Week – Canadians asked to Give it Up… for Hunger to better understand the challenges of people living with hunger.

Hunger is a complex issue with many root causes and in a country as prosperous as Canada; it’s shocking to see so many struggle to get enough food.   Close to 900,000 individuals turn to food banks for support each month in Canada, and of those, 38% are children and youth. The problem of hunger is a persistent one, with food banks providing comparable levels of food and other assistance for the better part of a decade. In the City of Kawartha Lakes, about 2,000 individuals are supported each month with emergency food from local food banks.

Food Banks Canada, along with its provincial members and food banks across the country, including the Kawartha Lakes Food Source (KLFS) and Its member are asking all Canadians to mark Hunger Awareness Week and to Give It Up for Hunger – to make a positive impact on the issue of hunger across the country.

What does giving it up really mean?  It’s as easy as three simple steps:

Give It Up – Close to 900,000 people have relied on food banks this past month.  On May 8th, we’re asking Canadians to understand what it’s like to have food out of reach by challenging them to give up breakfast, lunch and dinner for the day.

Give a Shout- Share your experience- go online and show your support via Facebook, Twitter or blogging or wear a Hunger Awareness Week sticker

Give It Out – Donate food, funds or your time to a local food bank

To mark Hunger Awareness Week, KLFS will be hosting a food drive at La Mantia’s Country Fresh Market on Thursday May 9th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Looking for more ways to get involved during Hunger Awareness Week? Visit www.hungerawarenessweek.ca  for ideas.