To the editor;
It’s hard to believe that in a country as bountiful as Canada, close to 900,000 individuals step through the door of a food bank in an average month.
In fact, over the last two years, food bank use in Canada has risen by 28 per cent, following four consecutive years of decline. Here in Barriere, the rise in need is represented by an increase of 30 per cent in those turning to us for support; with more than 1,234 individuals in our community coming to Barriere and District Food Bank for assistance last year.
Hunger in Canada is a significant issue. Which is why it’s so critical to dedicate a day to talk about it and work together to make a change.
Hunger Awareness Day, on Tuesday, May 31, is a day for communities and individuals across Canada to take action in reducing hunger.
This year Canadians are being asked to make any number of simple changes that can have an impact on the issue of hunger in our country.
Those looking for more information can visit www.hungerawarenessday.com, or contact our local food bank for more information (250-672-0029).
Managing Director, Barriere & District Food Bank