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Salvation Army Eases the Burden of Poverty This Christmas

Patricia grew up in a well-to-do family and was always a giver, particularly during the Christmas season. But this year, due to unexpected financial setbacks, she is one of more than 600 families seeking help from The Salvation Army in Cornerbrook, N.L.

“When my six-year-old son looked in the pantry for something for breakfast and said ‘mommy, we don’t have a lot’, I felt I’d been punched in the stomach,” says Patricia. “That day I swallowed my pride and contacted The [...]

The Salvation Army Believes It’s Time to End Poverty and You Can Help by Joining the Fight

TORONTO, Nov. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, one in 11 Canadians live in poverty. The Salvation Army recognizes that poverty is a critical issue, and that everyone has a right to access basic necessities such as nutritious food, health care, education, and economic opportunity. The Salvation Army is declaring that It’s Time to End Poverty. On Wednesday, November 12 beginning at 6 a.m., The Salvation Army will host a one-day, live broadcast event to encourage the community to join the fight. This [...]

Salvation Army Observes International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Toronto, ON October 16, 2014 – The Salvation Army will observe the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17th, a day designated by the United Nations General Assembly to promote awareness of the need to eliminate poverty and destitution in all countries. Year-round, The Salvation Army provides social services in Canada in order to help people in need and put an end to poverty. The Salvation Army’s work is highlighted in the organization’s latest Annual Review, [...]

The State of Poverty in Canada: Five Staggering Statistics

In Canada, people of all ages face tough realities.

  • One in seven children goes to school hungry.
  • About 850,000 people utilize food banks each month.
  • At least 30 thousand Canadians are homeless on any given night.
  • More than one in 10 children are among the homeless population.
  • One in five Canadians is worried about being able to cover basic living expenses in retirement.

We live in a nation that has one of the highest standards of living in the world, yet poverty is one of our [...]

It’s Time to End Poverty in Canada

It’s time to get serious about ending poverty in Canada. It’s 2014. We’re too developed, too wealthy, and too kind-hearted a country to allow poverty to affect any of us.

One in 11 Canadians live in poverty. It’s the root cause that puts basic human dignity out of reach for so many people, making access to everyday needs, such as food, clothing and shelter, difficult. In a country of relative wealth and abundant resources, shouldn’t we all benefit from them?

The Salvation [...]

Child Poverty Rates in Canada Remain High

One in seven Canadian children lives in a low-income household.

Children are often the innocent victims of poverty. When Tanya’s marriage broke down, she was left with responsibilities she now had to bear on her own.

“As a single parent, I was pulled in every direction,” says Tanya. “I never seemed to have enough time, energy, patience or money. I often felt things were spinning out of control. Then I met The Salvation Army whose help with food, pull-ups and school snacks [...]

5 Surprising Facts about Poverty

Approximately three million Canadians, or one in 11 people, live in poverty. Here are five facts that may surprise you about poverty.

1.       Poverty hurts your ability to think.

Poverty itself taxes the brain and reduces cognitive function by about 13 IQ points.

2.       Poverty and obesity go together.

Obesity is a problem often associated with low income and the inability to access affordable, healthy food. Those who are obese are at risk for diseases such as type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

3.       [...]

Ending Poverty, One Family at a Time

Vulnerable families prosper when they are treated with respect and dignity. More than ever, as the gap of income inequality increases and the cost of living goes up, families face a number of obstacles.

From unemployment to financial instability to stressful family relationships, The Salvation Army offers support in as many areas as possible.

Salvation Army programs across the country include:

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty with Words

Poverty and literacy are closely connected. A low literacy level leads to a lack of education and poor paying jobs, perpetuating the vicious cycle of poverty.

According to the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network, adults functioning at low literacy levels are more likely to be receiving social assistance and often lack the skills and means necessary to gain access to forms of help.

Increasing the level of literacy in both adults and children can lead families to financial stability, increased self-confidence and [...]

Canada’s Changing Face of Poverty

Poverty shouldn’t exist in a country as wealthy as Canada. Even having a job doesn’t guarantee people freedom from poverty.

According to Statistics Canada, the number of unattached working-age adults living in poverty has doubled since 1981, increasing from 538,000 people to 1,195,000 in 2011. And in 2011, 35,000 more single-parent families lived in poverty than in 2010.

Poverty trends change over time and some Salvation Army centres are seeing a changing face in the people they serve.  In Saskatchewan more young [...]