Posts Tagged: Hunger

Salvation Army programs other than food banks help communities adopt a healthier lifestyle. Image source, Thinkstock

Salvation Army Aims to Improve Nutrition


Proper nutrition is vital to human life, but some people are unable to meet this need because of financial obstacles—even in developed nations like Canada. According to the 2013 Food Banks Canada HungerCount report, 43 percent of single-person households, 25 percent of single-parent family households, and 22 percent of two-parent family households rely on food banks as their source of nutrition. The Salvation Army in Canada recognizes this issue, and has established programs other than food banks to help community members get the food and information they need to adopt a

Koodo Partners with The Salvation Army in the Fight Against Hunger


Over 150 Koodo stores across the country are currently collecting food to donate to Salvation Army food banks. From May 20-31, food items that people drop off at any Koodo location will be collected and made available to people in need in the community. “It takes a lot of money to keep those food shelves stocked,” remarks Major Velma Preston, Salvation Army Community Ministries Director. “When groups like Koodo donate food, it helps us stretch the money that we do have further.” Please visit your local Koodo store to drop

Salvation Army in Regina provides and delivers lunches to at-risk students

Ensuring Kids Don’t Go to School Hungry


“There isn’t a lot of food in my house,” says one Grade 5 student who receives a healthy lunch from The Salvation Army in Regina, Sask. “Sometimes there is nothing in our refrigerator, so if I didn’t get lunch I’d be hungry.” In Canada, as many as one in seven children go to school hungry. They are helpless victims of poverty who don’t have the choice of packing a lunch or buying one at school. The Salvation Army recognizes that child hunger is a critical issue and, last year, provided

Food insecurity and nutrition are serious problems in rural areas

Nutrition and Food Security in Isolated Areas


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.  Food insecurity in the North is a dire public health emergency. Whether it is in large urban centres or in remote areas, Salvation Army feeding programs such as food banks and soup vans are striving

Salvation Army cooking program empowers vulnerable and overlooked people

Something’s Cooking in the Classroom


For 10 years Bonnie was afraid to use a kitchen knife or her own stove. Panic attacks had impacted her ability to eat and prepare nutritious foods. Then she found a new way of managing her worries. “I had so many fears around the kitchen,” says Bonnie. “With education and a large dose of patience I’ve gained the confidence to chop vegetables, debone meat and serve up chicken dinners.” Bonnie is a graduate of The Salvation Army’s Dinner Bell program in Campbell River, B.C.—a partnership established in 2013 between Island

Maritime Cold Weather Street Ministry program offering hot food and drinks to homeless people

Cold Weather Street Ministry Delivers Warm Food, Conversation to People in Need


The sun is beginning to fall on a beautiful late-winter day in March. Rush hour traffic zips along on one of Halifax’s most notable roads, as The Salvation Army Community Response Unit sets up for the evening. Delivering support directly to the point of need is one of the critical missions of The Salvation Army. Few programs illustrate that better than the Cold Weather Street Ministry. From November through March, weekly on Wednesday evenings, as well as any addition night when the temperature plummets to exceptionally cold levels, The Salvation

Hunger hurts Canadian children

Hunger Hurts 300,000 Canadian Children


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

Salvation Army breakfast programs empower helpless victims of poverty

Hungry Children Need You


No child should go to school hungry, but in Canada one in seven do. Why? They are helpless victims of poverty. The Salvation Army recognizes that poverty is a critical issue and that all people at all times should have enough food for an active, healthy life. In 2013, from coast to coast, The Salvation Army served 2.6 million meals to vulnerable individuals and families and in more than 600 schools, 100,000 children were provided with healthy meals. Good nutrition not only helps children focus better in school, it reduces

Food bank use increases. More than one-third of those helped are children and youth.

The Faces of Hunger


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


One in Five Canadians Skip Meals to Help Make Ends Meet


Hunger hits closer to home than many of us realize. Over the next several days, as we gather with family around tables for a traditional holiday feast, we need to remember those who struggle to put food on the table. According to a recent Angus Reid Public Opinion survey commissioned by Food Banks Canada, last year more than a quarter of Canadians worried about whether they could afford to buy food for themselves and/or their families. The survey highlighted challenges Canadians deal with every day. For example, 36 percent of