food insecurity

A Way Home Canada
September 28, 2017

More than 850,000 people turn to food banks to make ends meet every month, according to Food Banks Canada. This means each month, too many Canadians are forced to choose between buying groceries and paying the rent, when no one should have to make such a choice.

When talking about hunger, it’s important to note that “hunger” and “food insecurity” carry two very different meanings. Hunger refers to the physiological state of pain and...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
February 17, 2016

This week’s infographic, published by Food Banks Canada, takes a look at food insecurity in Nunavut. Food Banks Canada is a non-profit organization that works to support a network food banks, food agencies and other groups that function at the community level to offer assistance and support to families and individuals experiencing food...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
December 16, 2015

This week’s infographic takes a look at the relationship that exists between affordable housing and food accessibility. The infographic comes from a series published by the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA) that were designed to help raise awareness about Canada’s affordable housing crisis. ONPHA is the voice of non-profit...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
September 21, 2015
Categories: Topics

In Canada, hunger is largely a hidden problem. Many Canadians are simply not aware that large numbers of children, women and men in this country often go to bed hungry. Hunger is caused by low-income. While anyone is at risk of food insecurity at some point in their lives, certain groups are particularly vulnerable. 47.8% of food bank clients in Canada receive welfare as welfare rates in Canada fall below the poverty line and...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
June 03, 2015

Food banks are one of the primary responses that municipalities have to local hunger needs. Food bank use numbers across Canada have shown growth in recent years. The below infographic, published by Global News using data from Food Banks Canada, illustrates just what the changes in food bank use numbers have been in Canada from 2008-2014.


Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub: York University
April 10, 2015
Categories: Ask the Hub

Recently, there’s been a lot of media coverage of a new initiative in Woodstock, Ontario called Foods for Friends. The program, run by Operation Sharing, invites people to donate 25 cents at the cash registers of local grocery stores. The funds are then distributed to people in need in the form of a grocery card that is good for non-taxable items...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
October 15, 2014

It’s true that the challenges Canadians face with food insecurity are different from the challenges felt by countries in the global south. However, the call to reduce hunger resonates. On this World Food Day, let’s take a look at how housing affordability and the housing market are related to food access. The below infographic, published by the...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
October 08, 2014

Homelessness is commonly misunderstood as being a problem that only affects adult men and women. In actuality, the range of groups experiencing homelessness is very broad and includes youth and young families. Homelessness, and factors linked to homelessness, strongly impact the ability of children to be successful...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
September 10, 2014

Access to safe and nutritious food is essential for everyone’s wellbeing. A lack of access to safe and healthy food has especially serious implications for young people. The infographic below, based on this chapter in the book...


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