Posts Tagged: Poverty

Children are the innocent victims of poverty

The State of Poverty in Canada: Five Staggering Statistics

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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 major problems. The Salvation

Salvation Army ad campaign focuses on ending poverty in Canada

It’s Time to End Poverty in Canada

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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 Army recently launched our 2014 Summer Campaign, highlighting

Child Poverty Rates Remain High

Child Poverty Rates in Canada Remain High

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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 eased my financial pressures.” A 2012 Report Card

Salvation Army helps vulnerable people develop literacy skills

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty with Words

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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 economic opportunity. Children with high literacy levels are

Young man seeks Salvation Army shelter services

Canada’s Changing Face of Poverty

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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 single men are seeking shelter. In Winnipeg there

Food distribution in the Philippines

The General Calls for New Fight to End Hunger

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General André Cox is calling for the worldwide Salvation Army to join him in echoing the call of Pope Francis for an end to world hunger. The General says: ‘It is clear from the response of the media and from Christians of all denominations that the calls to simple living from the Pope have struck a chord. As Salvationists we have been called to serve the world’s poorest people – those who have nothing. I applaud Pope Francis for putting back into the public domain, through social and mass media,

rural poverty

Differences Between Rural and Urban Poverty

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Although rural poverty is no better or worse than urban poverty, there are unique challenges. Rural residents face social isolation and higher transportation costs, which create burdens related to obtaining food. Not surprisingly more rural households access food banks when compared to urban households. Other difficulties include limited access to employment opportunities, income, and adequate health and education opportunities. Have rural Canadians been dangerously neglected?    

Report: Canada Speaks 2012

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Toronto, ON May 1, 2012 – For the second consecutive year, The Salvation Army is announcing May as Dignity Month, and is releasing a report, “Canada Speaks 2012: Mental Health, Addictions and the Roots of Poverty.” The report reveals perceptions and attitudes among the Canadian public about individuals dealing with addiction or suffering from mental illness. The survey of more than 1,000 Canadians, conducted in February by Angus Reid Public Opinion, revealed that many Canadians have been personally touched by the issue, with 80 percent reporting that they have either

rising food costs

Are Rising Food Costs Affecting You?

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From beef to coffee, and pasta and potatoes, food inflation has persisted. According to The Globe and Mail high food prices are here to stay. How do you manage when the price of food goes up? And, when food suddenly costs more, those who can least afford it get hit hardest. Will this not affect the cycle of poverty that organizations like The Salvation Army are desperately seeking to eradicate?