Living in poverty means skipping trips to the grocery store to pay the rent. It means going without food so your children can eat. It means being twice as likely to drop out of high school. It means having health problems. It also means living in isolation if not being completely alone.

Poverty and social exclusion can affect anyone at any time. These things can even happen to someone you know: a family member, a neighbour, a co-worker or a friend.

Life events like losing your job, separating from your spouse or getting sick can hit you when you least expect it.

We must remember that poverty is anything but a choice, and it has a much greater impact than simply having to stretch your budget. Poverty directly affects childhood development and leaves a mark on individual health.