News Conference Advisory - HungerCount 2009 will show hunger is a growing
problem in Canada

OTTAWA, Nov. 12 /CNW/ - Food Banks Canada will release the findings of its HungerCount 2009 study next week.

HungerCount, initiated in 1989, is the only annual national report on hunger and food bank use in Canada.

This year's study reveals new information about people needing help from food banks, and provides data not available from any other source. Food Banks Canada spokespeople will situate levels of food bank use in the context of the wider economic climate.

News media are invited to attend a news conference about the results of the survey:

    Date:     Tuesday, November 17, 2009

    Time:     9:30 a.m.

    Where:    Charles Lynch Room (130S), Centre Block, Parliament Buildings,

    Who:      Katharine Schmidt, Executive Director, Food Banks Canada;
              Jean Pigeon, Food Banks Canada and Executive Director, Moisson

Formerly the Canadian Association of Food Banks, Food Banks Canada is a national charitable organization representing the food bank community across Canada. Food Banks Canada conducts research, engages in public education and advocates for public policy change to eliminate the causes of hunger and poverty in Canada. More information can be found online at

Please note: HungerCount 2009 information will be available only at the

time of the news conference.

SOURCE Food Banks Canada

For further information: For further information: Media contacts: Marzena Gersho, Food Banks Canada at (416) 203-9241, ext. 28 or mobile (647) 242-5919, or Jean-Paul Brasseur at (613) 830-4766 or mobile (613) 724-0412

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