Hunger is More Than a Food Bank

Posted on 8th May 2014, by
Food insecurity is not as simple as being hungry. It’s more about fear of not having enough to eat and the tough reality that you might have to skip a meal. Food bank use is higher than before the recession. In fact, in 2013, nearly half of food banks in Canada reported an increase in  […]
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Nutrition and Food Security in Isolated Areas

Posted on 2nd May 2014, by
Food insecurity and nutrition are serious problems in rural areas. Photo property of Thinkstock. Use of photo is granted to The Salvation Army (the Licensee) through a subscription agreement. Downloading of licensed image is restricted other than for personal use, and prohibited from republication, retransmission or reproduction. Go to for full license information.
In Nunavut, the largest, northernmost territory of Canada, 1 kg of frozen vegetables costs $7.99, a 5 kg bag of flour costs $19.99 and regular ground beef—$9.20 per kg. Food security and nutrition are serious problems in rural areas. Residents cite cost, quality, availability and lack of variety as major barriers to purchasing healthy foods.  […]
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Need Motivation to Spring Clean?

Posted on 24th April 2014, by
It’s spring cleaning time, an opportunity to take stock of what you have, get rid of things you don’t need and organize what is left. Rather than throwing your unwanted items in the trash, consider donating them to The Salvation Army. When you donate to The Salvation Army you not only give back to the  […]
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Celebrating New Life

Posted on 16th April 2014, by
There are many things that remind us of Easter—flowers, chocolate, baskets and new life. Every year, The Salvation Army in Canada gives 1.8 million people the opportunity for new life and positive change. It desires that every individual who comes for help knows they are deeply valued and that tomorrow can be different. In 400  […]
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Volunteering and its Unexpected Benefits

Posted on 9th April 2014, by
With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the unexpected benefits of giving back to your community are numerous. Volunteering increases self-confidence: Doing something good for others gives you a sense of accomplishment and identity. Volunteering helps you stay physically healthy: Volunteering is especially beneficial to older adults and lessens  […]
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World Autism Awareness Day

Posted on 2nd April 2014, by
April 2 marks World Autism Awareness Day, dedicated to addressing stigmas and educating the public about autism. According to Autism Speaks Canada, 1 in 88 children are affected by autism, with boys being four times more likely to develop the disorder. Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that affects an individual’s social abilities and behavioural  […]
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5 Surprising Facts about Poverty

Posted on 27th March 2014, by
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  […]
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Helping Youth Succeed

Posted on 20th March 2014, by
As the cost of living increases, larger portions of family budgets are being diverted away from children’s after-school activities to necessities such as rent and food. Extracurricular programs help youth transition into adulthood and realize their full potential. By being active and socializing, children develop life skills and improve their overall mental and physical well-being.  […]
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How Free Income Tax Clinics Benefit Low-Income Households

Posted on 13th March 2014, by
For many of us, it’s easy to file a tax return with tax software or by paying a tax preparation company. But when you can barely afford to put food on the table, the financial burden of having an accountant or tax preparation clinic prepare your return is overwhelming. Across the country, from Moncton to  […]
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Giving Trends: What donors have to say about giving

Posted on 7th March 2014, by
A recent report by Hewitt and Johnston Consultants (hjc) says most Canadians donate to charities each year. The data collected in the report reveals trends in giving that include the following: Peer-to-peer fundraising and crowdfunding (events, campaigns) have promising futures as fundraising strategies for younger generations. Generation Y (born 1981-1995) and Generation X (born 1965-1980)  […]
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