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What Does School Have To Do With Hunger?

What Does School Have To Do With Hunger?
Over the past few weeks, parents have been busy preparing their kids for the return to school:
  • Haircut
  • New shoes
  • New clothes
  • New backpack
  • New pencils, pencil crayons
As per tradition, on the first day of school kids will show up in their new clothes, with their new shoes and backpacks, pencils and notebooks, hair tidy and face washed. After the drop-off, parents’ minds might turn to what’s next: new warm clothes, a new winter coat and boots to fit a growing body; a pair of gloves, and a spare for when one or both of those gloves are lost. And of course, food for lunch and two snacks every day.
 grocery cart full of school supplies
For parents struggling to make ends meet, back-to-school can be an incredibly stressful time. So many fears are suddenly brought to the surface: can I afford the things my kids need? What can I give up to afford them? If I get clothes at the thrift shop, will the other students notice? Will they make fun of my kids? Will I be able to send my kids to school with food in their stomachs? Where am I going to get enough food to last the whole day for five days a week?
 
 Nearly one million children under age 18 live in Canadian families with poverty-level incomes. It costs about $11,500 per year for a family of four to eat well in southern Canada; a family of four on social assistance receives about $23,500 over the course of 12 months – which means it would take nearly half of their income to buy enough food to eat well. Of course, we know that a substantial amount of cash that would normally be spent on food is going toward rent and other immediate necessities.
 
Many community food banks step up in late August and September to collect and/or purchase back-to-school packs loaded with school supplies – check with your local organizations to see if this available in your community. The current back-school-period also provides a unique opportunity to make a difference beyond the food bank – when federal election candidates come to your door asking for your vote, ask them what they will do to ensure kids have what they need to succeed when they go back to school.

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of food distributed by Canadian food banks is fresh (eg. milk, eggs, fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, bread)