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Food Bank Reduces Thanksgiving Stress

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Barbara, 33, doesn’t want to be a statistic. However, she is one of 850,000 Canadians assisted by food banks each month. This Thanksgiving, when we consider our many privileges and opportunities, let’s take a minute to think about the hundreds of thousands of Canadian families who struggle to put food on the table. “Sometimes my kids say ‘my tummy hurts’”, says Barbara. “Knowing they are hungry, and I can’t afford to feed them, makes me cry every day.” Barbara lived in fear and endured abuse from her husband for years.

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How You Can Help Hungry Families This Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner and as many Canadians prepare for their traditional holiday feast, we are reminded that there is someone on almost every corner of this vast country who simply can’t afford to have a big turkey dinner. One in eight Canadian families struggle to put food on the table and, each month, close to 850,000 Canadians are assisted by food banks. “Thanksgiving is traditionally a busy time of the year for our food bank,” says Alice Wannan, Salvation Army community and family services director in Owen

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One in Five Canadians Skip Meals to Help Make Ends Meet

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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

Needs are Great as Thanksgiving Food Drive Kicks Off

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The Ottawa Sun sat down with Michael Maidment days into his new role heading the Ottawa Food Bank. Q. What has surprised you in your first week? A. Going into the warehouse and seeing 21,000 square feet of food and starting to appreciate and understand, looking at those boxes, what that really means to nearly 50,000 families who receive help from the Ottawa Food Bank every month. It was an aha moment. Q. We reported in June that food bank use is up 9% this year. Why? A. There are

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How You Can Help Make Thanksgiving Special

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Thanksgiving won’t be a happy time for more than three million Canadians living in poverty. But for those of us who lead comfortable lives, Thanksgiving can be a time of giving back. The Thanksgiving season presents the perfect opportunity for you to donate your time, skills, or resources to those who are less fortunate. You can: • Have a fall cleaning day and donate your gently used items • Ask family members to bring canned goods to Thanksgiving dinner and make a donation on behalf of your family • Invite

Argos Help Feed Those in Need

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Thanksgiving may be over but it was well and alive at The Salvation Army on Sunday. About 600 people waited in line outside the Jarvis St. Harbour Light Ministries location to receive a hot turkey dinner served by members of the Toronto Argonauts. “This is the 14th year that we’re privileged to have the Argos serve our community in this way,” said Roy Snow, executive director of the Salvation Army Harbour Light Ministries. “It’s an opportunity for our recipients to come in from the cold, to receive this meal.” Among

What are you thankful for?

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Over the next week complete strangers will gather together at Salvation Army centres across the country for thanksgiving dinner. Some will have no jobs and no prospects. Others will have no homes. Some will have families, but have no way to celebrate the holiday with them. Many will be lonely. Although they will come from different circumstances, one thing will bind them together – thankfulness for the meal they will partake of. This thanksgiving, what are you thankful for?