Hunger Action Month: Nearly 335,000 people in Ontario will visit a food bank this month, officials say

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This month alone, over 335,000 adults and children will visit a food bank in Ontario, a number almost as large as the population of London.

That’s why the Ontario Association of Food Banks has designated September as Hunger Action Month.

“Hunger is a solvable issue,” said Carolyn Stewart, Executive Director of the Ontario Association of Food Banks. “However, there are still hundreds of thousands of adults and children that go to work or school hungry, or go to bed without knowing when they might have their next meal.”

Food banks across the province also will be supporting Hunger Awareness Week from Sept. 18 to Sept. 22 by inviting community residents and businesses to participate in local events and activities.

“In our most recent Hunger Report, the (Association) made three recommendations to the provincial government on how it can address the root causes of hunger,” Stewart said. “These are to continue its investment in the Basic Income Pilot, update social assistance rates to reflect the current cost of living, and to increase affordable housing through a portable housing benefit for low-income Ontarians.”

To learn more about Hunger Action Month and how you can participate, please visit: https://oafb.ca/hunger-action-month

To find your local food bank, please visit: https://oafb.ca/need-help/find-a-food-bank/


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