Hunger Action Month is a nation-wide campaign in September to raise awareness of food insecurity in our communities. The month aims to encourage supporters to take action in four ways: Educate, Advocate, Volunteer, and Donate.
Awareness and support are important because:
- In Ottawa, tens of thousands of people visit a food bank every month. Approximately one third of these people are children.
- In 2020, Ontario’s food banks were accessed by more than 537,000 people who visited more than 3.2 million times.
We know that food banks are not the solution to food insecurity. However, we are here to help provide immediate hunger relief while advocating for long-term solutions that address the root causes of poverty.
Like the economic downturn in 2008 when food bank usage rose by 27%, we anticipate that the rippling effect of the ongoing pandemic will be felt for months and years to come. We will be here to help our member agencies and their clients as they navigate through this tough time.
Stay tuned by following our blog and social media posts throughout this Hunger Action Month for information on how we can all take action!