Join Food Banks Across the Country and Take Action to Reduce Hunger in
Canada from May 7-11
TORONTO, May 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, Food Banks Canada and its network
across the country launch the first annual Hunger Awareness Week, from May 7-11, 2012. Formerly Hunger Awareness Day, Hunger Awareness
Week is a week-long initiative that challenges Canadians to learn more
about the issue of hunger in our country and to take action to make a
difference for those in need. Across the country, Canadians are being
asked to "Give It Up" for hunger awareness. Join Toronto Argonauts Vice-Chair Michael "Pinball" Clemons and ET Canada's Senior Entertainment Reporter and host of Food Network Canada's Family Cook Off, Kim D'Eon, at the Second Annual "Lunch-In". The event will also feature lunches prepared by Top Chef Canada competitor Ryan Gallagher.
Canadians can help in three simple ways - Give It Up, Give a Shout, and
Give It Out:
Give It Up:
Give up your meals for a day, lunch for a week, or a staple food item.
Walk in the shoes of hunger to begin to understand what it means to go
without food, experiencing the effects of hunger first hand.
Give a Shout:
Share your experience by going online to show your support via Facebook,
Twitter or blogging.
Give It Out:
Donate food, funds or your time to a local food bank.
On Wednesday May 9th, more than 140 federal Parliamentarians and staff will fast as an act
of solidarity with Canadians in need. On May 10th, they will come
together to discuss the issue of hunger at a breakfast in the
Parliamentary restaurant. For a complete list of Parliamentarians and
staff participating, please visit: http://hungerawarenessweek.ca/parliamentarians. Special thanks to Breakfast Sponsor, Turkey Farmers of Canada.
"Nearly 900,000 Canadians will visit a food bank for assistance this
month alone. Of those, 38 per cent are children.* Together we can help reduce hunger in our country," said Katharine Schmidt, Executive
Director, Food Banks Canada. "It's important for Canadians to
understand that hunger is easily hidden and often overlooked, but
inevitably lives in all of our communities."
The 2012 Lunch-In takes place on May 10th at St. Andrews Playground in Toronto. Torontonians can enjoy Chef Ryan Gallagher's one-of-a-kind packed lunches, for a small donation, together as a
gesture of frugality and solidarity to reduce hunger. Canadians across
the country are also encouraged to hold Lunch-Ins in their own
communities with friends, family and co-workers during the week of May
Hunger Awareness Week would not be possible without the support of some
of Canada's leading corporate citizens. Food Banks Canada would like to
thank this year's Corporate Hunger Heroes who are vital to raising
awareness for the cause and are executing a number of events across the
country, including Bernardin Ltd., Campbell Company of Canada, Canadian
Pacific (CP), General Mills Canada Corporation, The Great-West Life
Assurance Company, Investors Group Financial Services Inc., Kellogg
Canada Inc., Kraft Canada Inc., Loblaw Companies Ltd., McCain Foods
(Canada), Purolator Inc., Sodexo Foundation Inc., Sony of Canada Ltd.
and Shaw Media.
Food Banks Canada would also like to thank its Community Hunger Heroes
whose continued support, countless volunteer hours and inspirational
stories help raise awareness and provide much needed assistance across
Canada. Together, we can have an impact on the solvable issue of hunger
in Canada and take action to help reduce those affected in our own
For more information on Hunger Awareness Week visit www.hungerawarenessweek.ca. Please show your support by following us on Twitter at @foodbankscanada, and joining our Food Banks Canada Facebook page.
About Hunger Awareness Week
Hunger Awareness Week was created to provide food banks with an
opportunity to educate Canadians about the hunger need in our country,
and encourage all Canadians to help those in need. Close to 900,000
individuals turn to food banks for support each month, and nearly two
million Canadians are food insecure, struggling with not knowing where
their next meal may come from. Today, more than 900 food banks and
2,900 affiliated agencies distribute groceries or provide meals to
Canadians in need. Since 2006, Food Banks Canada has dedicated one day
each year to raising awareness around the issue of hunger in Canada.
This year marks the first full week set aside for hunger education.
About Food Banks Canada
Food Banks Canada is the national charitable organization representing
the food bank community across Canada. Our Members, Affiliate Member
food banks, and their respective agencies serve approximately 85 per
cent of people accessing emergency food programs nationwide. Our
mission is to meet the short-term need for food and find long-term
solutions to reduce hunger. Please visit www.foodbankscanada.ca for more information.
* Source: HungerCount2011, Food Banks Canada. For the complete 2011
HungerCount report please go to: http://www.foodbankscanada.ca/HungerCount.htm
SOURCE Food Banks Canada
For further information:
Kathleen Napier, GCI Group
Food Banks Canada