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From the research I have done so far, it seems that Canada’s biggest issue when it comes to food
security, outside of global warming is actually ‘poverty’. According to Canada’s Action Plan for Food Security, those
who are the poor and vulnerable members of society are the most likely to
suffer from food insecurity, and also those who are the least likely to be able
to change the situation. It was found that among these people, Aboriginal
people, single-mothers, children, people with disabilities (including mental
health issues), recent immigrants and those who have not yet completed high
school are the most vulnerable.
It is also those who are living on Canada’s social assistance program as their main source of
income are the ones who are most likely to have a food insecure status. Those who also are the ‘working poor’ (those
who work, for minimum wage and still cannot meet basic needs), seniors,
children, and single mothers are also
extremely vulnerable in Canada.
Although it is just a short term solution, one thing across Canada that we do to try to combat
this is a program called Meal Exchange. Meal Exchange focuses on University
students across Canada, to rally together and collect canned goods from the
society to donate to local food banks.
From their website (www.mealexchange.com)
Our Mission: Addressing hunger through student
Our Vision: To help eliminate the root causes of hunger and poverty by
engaging tomorrow's leaders, today.
Meal Exchange's Approach
Meal Exchange is organized exclusively for charitable purposes with aims and objectives to:
One of their biggest events is Trick Or Eat, an event that runs on Halloween, that requires students to sign up in teams, dress up, and go
out trick or treating, but instead of collecting candy, they collect canned
goods. At my school as well, we
participate in another meal exchange program called Skip a Meal where we donate
money off of our meal plans, to go towards buying food for the food banks in
“Unbelievable!!! Trick or Eat 2009 was our biggest and best campaign yet!
Amount of Food Raised = 165,500 meals (our goal was 160,000)
Number of Volunteers = 7,487 (our goal was 7,000)
Online Donations = $37,104 (our goal was $30,000)”