The storm isn’t quite over. You can help your neighbours access healthy food.
As Canada recovers from COVID-19, people across Canada are still having a hard time feeding themselves and their families. Because food insecurity is a storm we’ll be weathering for a long time, your special gift is urgently needed.
When you support Food Banks Canada, you maximize your gift by strengthening our country’s food network. You help fill up food banks that are running low, move large scale food donations, and quickly share perishable food like eggs, milk, produce, beans and meat.
Your special gift makes sure everyone who is hungry, no matter where they live, can have access to nourishing food. Please don’t wait — give today.
All photos were taken either before the COVID-19 pandemic or following appropriate physical distancing guidelines.
In a rich country like Canada, it is often hard to imagine that there are people who can't afford food for their families. While food banks are there to provide for the immediate need, Phil Ozga, Director of Advocacy and Government Relations, works hard behind the scenes to find long-term solutions for hunger.
“To do this, you really have to address the root causes of the problem, and the only way to do that is to advocate for policy change,” says Phil. “We work on developing policies by looking at the data and finding where the holes are in the social safety net.”
“Food insecurity is a real issue in Canada, but it is also hidden. You might not know that your neighbour is struggling to put food on the table, but it's an issue that exists in every community.”
“Unfortunately, it is still a long recovery ahead, but it is not impossible,” says Phil. “Pushing policies can have deep and profound effects for thousands of families across the country. We just have to continue expanding on these policies and bring people out of poverty. This is the only way to reduce food bank use in the long term”.