Did you Know ?

DID YOU KNOW ?

Food banks began as a temporary response to the recession of the early 1980s.  They were meant to be a short-term measure to address the ensuing crisis.  More than 30 years later, they are still here and clearly needed.  Canada has lost hundreds of thousands of well-paid blue collar jobs over the past 30 years.  Manufacturing has fled to parts of the world where things can be made more cheaply.  The jobs that have replaced them are more likely to be low-paid, part-time and temporary.  Some population groups such as older single people, single-parent families, individuals receiving social assistance and people with disabilities or mental illness, face a higher risk of living in poverty.  It is the widespread lack of income that is a key factor that makes Canadian food banks so necessary to this day.  To deny that the level of food insecurity and dependence upon food banks is a crisis, is to deny reality. 

 It CAN happen to anyone

Thank goodness for incredible caring individuals who continue to give generously, so food banks can continue to stock, give and re-stock.