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Hunger On The Hill – an important step to raise awareness

Hunger On The Hill – an important step to raise awareness

On May 17th, Food Banks Canada has asked all Parliamentarians and their staff to fast for the day to feel what it’s like to go through an average day without enough food to eat.

Every day, food banks across the country work to raise the food and funds needed to assist the 860,000 people who access their services each month. We are asking Parliamentarians and their staff to engage in a different, yet equally important step towards reducing hunger in Canada.

Why are Parliamentarians fasting for a day?

In a country as rich as Canada, it is easy to ignore that hunger exists in every community, in every province and territory. While the Food Banks Canada HungerCount report clearly illustrates the scope of the problem with real numbers and data, it is easy to dismiss them as just that – numbers and data.

By personally experiencing what it’s like to be weak and tired before an 11am meeting, or to feel light-headed shortly after the lunch hour because you weren’t able to bring a lunch to work – the problem becomes real and visceral.

Understanding the need for long-term solutions to hunger

Each and every month, 860,000 people in Canada – more than a third of them children – need help from a food bank just to make ends meet.

By feeling and understanding this firsthand, Parliamentarians of all stripes can start the discussions necessary to develop long-term policy solutions that address the root causes of hunger, and finally create a Canada where people no longer need help from a food bank to make ends meet.

For a full list of those participating in the fast, click here.

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