News Conference Advisory - HungerCount 2016 will present troubling new data on food bank use in Canada

Food Banks Canada to call on governments to act now to address root causes of the increasing need for food banks

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 10, 2016 /CNW/ - News media are invited to attend a news conference where Food Banks Canada will release the findings of its HungerCount 2016 study and present policy recommendations to federal, provincial and territorial governments to reduce the need for food banks in Canada.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016


10:00 a.m. Eastern Time


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


Shawn Pegg, Director, Policy and Research, Food Banks Canada

Philippe Ozga, Senior Manager, Government Relations, Food Banks Canada


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

The study highlights the factors driving the need for food banks and continued high food bank use in Canada.

HungerCount 2016 is available to news media only under an embargo that will end at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time, November 15, 2016. To request an embargoed copy, please email, indicating that you accept the embargo conditions.

Food Banks Canada supports a unique network of over 3,000 food-related organizations in every province and territory. Together our network shares over 200 million pounds of essential, safe, quality food annually, provides social programs that help to foster self-sufficiency, and advocates for policy change that will help create a Canada where no one goes hungry. Visit for more information.

SOURCE Food Banks Canada

For further information: Media contacts: Marzena Gersho, Food Banks Canada at (905) 602-5234, ext. 228, mobile (647) 242-5919, or Jean-Paul Brasseur at (613) 830-4766, mobile (613) 724-0412,


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