Last year there were 1.5 million visits to food banks in the month of March. 1 in 3 food bank users are children — with need at an all-time high, food banks are struggling to keep up. Your support can help rush food, funds, and infrastructure to the hundreds of food banks across Canada working tirelessly to get families through this crisis.
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TOGETHER, WE CAN BE THERE FOR EVERY CHILD AND FAMILY FACING HUNGER ACROSS CANADA.
When school meal programs close for the summer, your support will help local communities through programs like After the Bell.
Click on each province or territory below to read more about the impact After the Bell has on local communities.
After the Bell food packs delivered to 16 communities.
“I wanted to say thanks for this wonderful program. It has been helping to release some of the pressure that inflation has been putting on us. The cost of living is higher every day and this program is amazing to help with the blessing of food.” ~Food Bank Client, Community Kitchen Program of Calgary
After the Bell food packs delivered to 14 communities.
“By recognizing the children individually, the message they received was, ‘I am a person. This is my very own bag!’” ~Volunteer, Fort Qu’Appelle Food Bank
After the Bell food packs delivered to 10 communities.
“A young student expressed she’s thankful for the weekly kit because she can make her breakfasts herself. In the morning her mom goes to work early, and her dad works nights so he needs to sleep.” ~Food Banker, Harvest Manitoba
Newfoundland & Labrador
After the Bell food packs delivered to 8 communities.
“I moved here from Ukraine with my 3 children and never used a food bank before. I do my best to feed my children healthy food and I was worried the food bank would not have any, so I was really surprised and happy to see the After the Bell packs.” ~Tatiana E., Bridges to Hope
Prince Edward Island
After the Bell food packs delivered to 7 communities.
“We distributed the packs through day camps – [the After the Bell packs] has given us extra food for kids. It was nice to have something special for them.” ~Food Banker, Upper Room Hospitality Ministry
After the Bell food packs delivered to 52 communities.
“Receiving the food packs for the community means one less stress for families. Families and food banks both can stretch their budget with the assistance of this program.” ~Food Banker, Feed Nova Scotia
After the Bell food packs delivered to 2 communities.
“…parents say this program is a huge stress relief. As for the kids, it is written all over their faces as they can’t wait to open their packages.” ~Food Bank Volunteer, Salvation Army NWT
After the Bell food packs delivered to 5 communities.
“…A bus of Inuit elders came to a community distribution to get bags for their grandkids. That was very sweet to see. It meant so much to them that they would have food specifically for their grandkids. Parents with many kids were amazed that they were allowed to take one bag for each child. It surely meant a lot to them.” ~Food Banker, Niqinik Nuatsivik Nunavut Food Bank
After the Bell food packs delivered to 28 communities.
“My heart is so happy and my children are smiling, because of what you provided to us today. I had many worries and I worry I do not have enough for my family. Now you have taken some of my worry away. Thank you.” ~Food Bank Client, Feed the Need in Durham
After the Bell food packs delivered to 19 communities.
“To see their faces light up as they were given their own bags was a highlight, and for the Mom who is the main support of her family as the dad has a disability, being able to have snacks her children could eat safely was in her words: ‘a really big stress relief.’” ~Saint John North End Food Bank
After the Bell food packs delivered to 2 communities.
“These packs are amazing; our clients are so excited when they start coming in each year.” ~ Food Bank Volunteer, Whitehorse Food Bank Society.
After the Bell food packs delivered to 24 communities.
“Most people can’t remember the last time they weren’t worried about food. It has been a blessing to be able to give more to children in need. Thank you!” ~ Food Banker, Central Okanagan Food Bank.
After the Bell food packs delivered to 11 communities.
“A food bank staff member appreciates that the bags are already packed. It’s quick so we can be sure we don’t forget anything and give good food to the children.” ~ Food Banker, Partagence.
MORE FAMILIES THAN EVER ARE FACING HUNGER.
23% of us are eating less than we think we should because there isn’t enough money for food.
Almost 1.5 million visits to food banks in March 2022.
Almost 500,000 of those visits were by children.
National poll of a representative sample of Canadians (N=4009) conducted by Mainstreet Research and National poll conducted by Grassroots Public Affairs on behalf of Food Banks Canada; Source: HungerCount 2022
FOOD BANKS ARE STRUGGLING TO KEEP UP.
Food bank use rose to the highest level in Canadian history in 2022 — up 35% from 2019.
Hundreds of thousands more are now relying on Canada’s food banks this year.
On top of rising demand, food banks are contending with rising costs and decreasing donations.
Source: HungerCount 2022
This spring, food banks across Canada urgently need your support.
Help them be there for every child, family, and senior who needs them.
MAKE SURE THERE’S FOOD FOR ALL IN CANADA
Here’s what your support will do:
Get Nutritious Food to Families
Your support helps Food Banks Canada source more healthy food at the best possible price and quickly get it to food bank partners across the country — filling their shelves as demand soars.
Help Food Banks Meet the Growing Need
Food Banks Canada grants provide the tools food banks need — from freezers to refrigerated trucks to expanded warehouse space — so they can best serve their communities.
Help Overcome the Root Causes of Hunger
Your support helps us drive for real, lasting change, advocating for long-term policy solutions to overcome the root causes of hunger in Canada.