For some people when they were growing up, it was commonplace to wait a week or so for good lunch sandwiches. At dinnertime, bowls of Kraft Dinner were a staple. An empty fridge, save for cream for coffee, was to be expected. Running out of food was normal.

Today, they probably still don’t realize, even in retrospect, that they were part of an ongoing national crisis. And yet the statistics bear it out.

Approximately 10 per cent of Canadians are forced to make the choice between having good food on the table or paying the bills. That amounts to roughly four million people, which is more than the combined population of the four Atlantic provinces. To make matters worse, one in four children and youth under 18 years of age in Canada go to bed or to school hungry.

“How many children using food banks in Canada is OK with you?” is the question posed by Food Banks Canada on the HungerCount 2018 front page.

Apparently, about one in four.