News - Foodbanks and food

January 21, 2015
People in Canada’s northern territories continue to be troubled by food prices that are dramatically inflated relative to other parts of the country. Statistics Canada data from 2009, the last year...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Foodbanks and Food, Health, Inuit, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon
December 5, 2014
Food banks are necessary to address the immediate needs of people living with hunger and malnutrition. However, these services can only provide short-term relief for the downstream symptoms of...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, All of Canada
September 4, 2014
Vancouver Community Network, the Lower Mainland FreeNet, is working to ensure that life-saving information can circulate quickly among affected groups via text messages. The system will provide...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Homelessness, Welfare, British Columbia
February 4, 2014
Representatives of the Cambridge and North Dumfries Social Planning Council provided Cambridge city council with its annual Community Trends Report. At Meals on Wheels the number of subsidized...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Homelessness, Seniors and Elders, Women, Ontario
January 20, 2014
Seven in 10 Inuit preschoolers in Nunavut live in homes without enough to eat. Median income for non-aboriginals in Nunavut is $86,600 a year; for the Inuit, it is $19,900. Despite chronic poverty...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Foodbanks and Food, Government Policy, Nunavut
January 10, 2014
A Georgia Straight article by Trish Garner, a community organizer for the B.C. Poverty Reduction Coalition, describes donations as a common response to poverty. She states that giving to charities...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Government Policy, British Columbia, All of Canada
August 7, 2013
Throughout the winter and spring of 2013, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) conducted wide-ranging consultations to gather input on Canadians’ views on the social determinants of health. Public...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Disability, Foodbanks and Food, Homelessness, Mental Health, Poverty Research, Welfare, All of Canada
September 26, 2012
Raise the Rates has launched a new welfare challenge to everyone: live for one week on $26 worth of food, the amount that a single, able-bodied person on welfare would have. In January of last year,...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Welfare, British Columbia
April 27, 2012
In this article in the Tyee, advocates question the food bank model. Food should be a fundamental right and a question of social justice but it has become a question of charity.
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, British Columbia
February 28, 2012
BC Dietitians have released a report, The Cost of Eating in BC 2011 that brings attention to the fact that many British Columbians don’t have enough money to buy healthy food. And, it’s not getting...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, British Columbia
November 2, 2011
Each year, Foodbanks Canada conducts original research on the subject of hunger and low income in Canada. Their annual HungerCount report is the only national survey of food banks and other food...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, All of Canada
August 31, 2011
Quest Food Exchange operates its low-cost grocery store model at three locations in the Lower Mainland: 611 E Hastings - In the Union Gospel Mission building (This location has wheelchair access)...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Health, Organizing, British Columbia
August 22, 2011
Food prices are rising globally, but how is that affecting the cost of basic items in Canadian grocery stores? Common Front for Social Justice has released data collected in New Brunswick showing the...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, New Brunswick, All of Canada
July 26, 2011
In Florida, people are being arrested for giving food to people who are homeless. The City of Orlando has been targeting Food not Bombs, a community group that, twice a week for the past 5 years, has...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Homelessness, Organizing, United States
March 14, 2011
The Recession Relief Coalition (RRC) presents Hunger Crisis: Report of the Hunger Inquiry (2011). This report contains shocking testimony about hunger in Ontario as well as recommendations to help...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Ontario
March 10, 2011
Nutrition North Canada is a subsidy program run by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada meant to lower the price of healthy perishable foods for Canadians living in remote Northern areas. Nutrition...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Foodbanks and Food, Inuit, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon
April 7, 2010
(Link removed June 2011 - No longer exists)
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Welfare, Ontario
March 29, 2010
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Welfare, Ontario
March 25, 2010
Keywords: Disability, Foodbanks and Food, Welfare, Ontario
March 8, 2010
Tens of thousands of people who receive the special diet program may see more money from the governement as a result of a recent Ontario Human Rights Tribunal ruling, but poverty activists fear the...
Keywords: Disability, Foodbanks and Food, Ontario
December 9, 2009
Dr. Wong, a specialist in community medicine, is being investigated after a complaint by a city councillor for signing special diet forms for people on welfare. Dr. Wong has been involved in special...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Health, Ontario
November 17, 2009
Food Bank Canada's annual Hunger Report report shows that food bank use has increased by 18% over the last year. This is the largest yearly increase since 1997. “It is likely that hunger in Canada...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, All of Canada
June 19, 2009
The Tyee has published a two part series on food security in poor neighbourhoods like the Downtown Eastside. The first article explores the kitchen at the Carnegie Community Centre which provides low...
Keywords: food security, Foodbanks and Food, soup kitchens, British Columbia
May 19, 2009
CCPA has released a report that links increased food bank use to government welfare cuts throughout the 1990s. The report finds that although most provinces in Canada were experiencing high...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Welfare, Ontario
December 12, 2008
Food banks across the US and Canada are deeply affected by tough economic times both by a decline in donations and an increase in demand. The US government has started shifting the federal government...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, United States
November 24, 2008
The Ontario Association of Food Banks has released an important and timely new report on the economic cost of poverty in Ontario. This is a first for Ontario and possibly for any Canadian...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Poverty Research, Ontario
August 25, 2008
The Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) has released a report, Our Choice for a Better Ontario: A Plan to Cut Poverty in Half by 2020 (in PDF). The report includes thirty concrete...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Poverty Research, Ontario
November 29, 2007
The Dietitians of Canada, BC Region have released a report, The Cost of Eating in BC that shows some people in BC are denied the right to safe and nutritious food due to poverty. The report calls for...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, British Columbia
November 14, 2007
The Canadian Association of Food Banks has released their national yearly survey of emergency food programs in Canada. This annual survey documents the struggle of food banks to keep up with ever...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, All of Canada
January 7, 2007
The Canadian Association of Foodbanks recent report, Hunger Count 2006 (in PDF) has found that though there has been an overall drop in overall use, more working poor and more children are relying on...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, All of Canada
January 7, 2007
A little over a year ago the Ontario McGuinty Government cut the Special Diet Policy under which huge numbers of people on welfare were able to obtain a little more money for food each month....
Keywords: Disability, Foodbanks and Food, Welfare, Ontario
June 11, 2006
Bishop Gary Gordon, who recently moved to Whitehorse, believes that a food bank would be a large help to the community. He is working with local anti-poverty advocates urging the establishment of one...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Organizing, Yukon
June 11, 2006
As the cost of living in Toronto increased and the amount of income assistance available decreased, many of Ontario's poor were struggling to survive. However, through research, the Ontario Coalition...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Welfare, Ontario
May 4, 2006
There were twice as many people using Iqualuit's food bank in the last year than in previous years. Food bank administrators are worried that they won't have enough food, if this many people continue...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Nunavut
May 4, 2006
A Whitehorse chatolic mission that originally opertated to give out emergency food to the city's needy has begun to operate as a food bank. As the numbers of people who came to recieve emergency food...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Yukon
February 11, 2006
The Canadian Association of Food Banks/ Phones-for-food have developed a program which works towards both environmental and social causes. The project recycles old cell phones and uses the profit to...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, All of Canada
January 8, 2006
More people are having to use PEI's food bank for people with HIV and AIDS. It is argued that this is a response to the increased cost of fuel which has forced many people on social assistance to...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Utilities, Prince Edward Island
December 7, 2005
HungerCount is a national survey of emergency food programs in Canada conducted by the Canadian Association of Food Banks (CAFB). The survey reveals trends in food bank use, such as the number of...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, All of Canada
October 3, 2005
The rising price of nutritious food is making it difficult for low income families to eat healthily. A doctor proposes ways in which government funding could be used to ensure the health of...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Health, Ontario
May 22, 2005
The ODSP Action Coalition is made up of community clinic caseworkers, agency staff, and community activists who undertake campaigns and activities designed to raise awareness of issues affecting...
Keywords: Disability, Foodbanks and Food, Ontario