food insecurity is a growing problem in Canada. according to the United Nations, 2.6 million Canadians experience food insecurity every year. it's a complex issue—and one that required a multi-pronged approach if we want to make real change.
let's start with the basics: what exactly is food insecurity?
food insecurity refers to having limited or uncertain access to safe, healthy foods. people with limited access to food may rely on poor-quality diets and other forms of unhealthy eating as a result of not having enough money or resources to purchase nutritious foods. food insecurity can lead to other health issues like obesity, diabetes, as well as depression and anxiety.
although food insecurity can affect those with higher incomes at times due to unexpected life events like job loss or illness, those living in poverty tend to have higher rates of food insecurity than people who aren't poor. this can be attributed in part because people with lower incomes tend to have less flexibility when it comes to finding work or making ends meet.
there are other factors at play too: some communities have fewer grocery store than others, which means they're less likely to have access to healthy food. and for those who live in rural areas, travelling long distances for groceries can be both time-consuming and costly.
what you can do to help
- donate at your local food bank. many of these organization do not have enough to provide for all of those in need, your donation will help immensely
- reduce your food waste. less food wasted means more food available for all
- volunteer your time at your local food bank
what we're doing
smell good, feel good, do good. we believe that a healthy, thriving community is essential. that's why $1 from each purchase will be donated to calgary meals on wheels to provide Canadians in need with the most basic necessity: a meal.