As a first year Masters of Social Work student at the University of Windsor, my eyes have been opened to the depth of food insecurity in Canada. Food insecurity is defined as the inability to secure adequate amounts of food, usually due to lack of a sufficient income, to support the food needs of an individual or family.
It is inconceivable that in Canada, one of the most compassionate, caring, resource-rich nations in the world, a staggering eight per cent of households experience food insecurity, according to Statistics Canada. In Hamilton, an equally staggering 20,000 people, 37 per cent of whom are children, visit food banks for emergency food each month, according to Hamilton Food Share. As a longtime Stoney Creek resident, these statistics have shaken me to my core. We must do more to help those who experience food insecurity? Here’s what we can do.