The Investors Group has teamed up with the Nelson Food Cupboard, The Salvation Army and Our Daily Bread and are proud to be participating in the Give It Up for Hunger campaign to mark Hunger Awareness Week, May 6 to10.
Hunger Awareness Week is a week-long initiative that challenges Canadians to learn more about the issue of hunger, the important work of food banks and to take action.
Nearly 900,000 Canadians will visit a food bank for assistance this month alone. Of those, 38 per cent are children. Hunger is often a hidden issue and these three organizations work to raise awareness during Hunger Awareness Week 2013.
Here in Nelson more than 1,500 individuals were assisted this past March alone, not including those helped by Our Daily Bread. Between The Food Cupboard and the Salvation Army, 17,286 people were assisted in 2012 with many more accessing Our Daily Bread.
All across the country, Canadians are being encouraged to Give It Up for Hunger during Hunger Awareness Week — participation is especially important for Nelson.
What does “giving it up” really mean? It’s as easy as three simple steps:
1) Give It Up. Close to 900,000 Canadians have had to rely on food banks this past month. On May 8, we’re asking Canadians to understand what it’s like to have food out of reach by fasting for a day and giving up breakfast, lunch and dinner
2) Give a Shout. Share your experience by going online to show your support via Facebook, Twitter, a blog.
3) Give It Out. Donate food, funds or your time to your local food bank.
Together, Canadians can make an impact on the solvable issue of hunger in Canada and find solutions to hunger in communities across Canada.
Hunger Awareness Week was created to provide food banks with an opportunity to educate about the reality of hunger in Canada and to encourage all Canadians to make a choice to help those in need.
Close to 900,000 individuals turn to food banks for support each month, and close to 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 work in communities across the country to assist Canadians in need.
For more information on Hunger Awareness Week visit hungerawarenessweek.ca.