Children who grow up in poor families are more likely to struggle in school, have poor mental and physical health, and will have a harder time realizing their full potential as adults.
More than 850,000 Canadians access food banks each month and one third of those seeking help are children. That means hunger affects 300,000 Canadian children.
The Salvation Army recognizes that poverty is a critical issue and that children are its innocent victims. In 2013, across Canada, The Salvation Army provided close to 105,000 meals to children through its school feeding programs.
As more families and children encounter hardships, The Salvation Army will step up to provide assistance and support in any way it can.