In a country of relative wealth, one in eight Canadian families struggle to get enough food.
According to HungerCount 2013 food bank use is higher than it was before the recession began five years ago.
The causes of food insecurity are well-known—low wages, unemployment, family breakup, layoffs and unaffordable housing, to name a few.
In many Salvation Army centres there has been a definite increase in demand for services. People who have jobs but, after paying expenses, there is little money left for food; single parents who struggle to balance the increased cost of daycare against buying healthy food for their children; and seniors on a fixed income are, in most cases, accessing Salvation Army food banks for the first time.
Food insecurity isn’t about poor personal choices. How can Canada seek solutions to its root causes?