As a Community Food Centres Canada Good Food Organization, the Grandview Woodland Food Connection endorses this report.
Today we are releasing Beyond Hunger, our new report on the hidden impacts of food insecurity on people’s lives.
As a valued supporter, we ask you to take action with us by letting your Member of Parliament know you want to see progressive policies to address food insecurity in Canada.
Beyond Hunger surveyed 561 people from across the country. These individuals shared dramatic first-hand accounts of living with food insecurity: from facing life-threatening health concerns and not celebrating holidays to isolating to hide the issue from friends and family.
And the problem is getting worse. Before COVID, one in eight Canadians struggled to put good food on the table. During the pandemic, it’s become one in seven—a 39 per cent increase.
Beyond the statistics and heart-wrenching stories, our report shows that food insecurity goes much deeper than hunger. Its impacts are far-reaching, affecting physical and mental health, social connection and community, employment and aspirations, family life and more.
We urgently need a national solution that goes beyond emergency food assistance. We need a solution founded in solid policy that addresses inadequate social programs, systemic racism and low incomes.
Please join us in advocating for transformative policies that will change lives. Read and share this report and tell your Member of Parliament it’s time to fight food insecurity and poverty in our communities.
Read the report and take action at beyondhunger.ca.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Senior Specialist, Policy
Community Food Centres Canada