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Hunger Awareness Week 2014

Monday, May 5th, 2014, marks the beginning of Hunger Awareness Week in Kamloops.

The Kamloops Food Bank is truly an amazing organization. Started from humble beginnings in 1981, and operating out of the basement of the United Church, the food bank has grown to feed over 6000 people in Kamloops last year.

Just how ‘big’ is the hunger problem in Kamloops and across Canada? Here are some stats:

  • There are 11,000 food banks across Canada
  • In 2013 nearly 900,000 Canadians were assisted by food banks, 6, 123 of them were in Kamloops
  • 36% of people who use food banks are children and youth, in Kamloops 32% were children
  • 50% of food banks needed to cut back on the amount of food provided to each household
  • 8% of food banks ran out of food during the last year

So it’s clearly a BIG problem across Canada but here’s the good news. The problem has a solution - here’s what you can do.

Support and donate to your local food bank:

  • In Kamloops, you can donate food at your local grocery stores or purchase a $2 BC Share coupon
  • Participate in the Spring Rotary Food Drive – fill those yellow bags for food donation
  • Always bring a non-perishable item to a community event where the food bank is collecting donations
  • Give your time – volunteer if and whenever you can. The Kamloops Food Bank only employes a small group of people but are supported by their amazing volunteers. 2014 has already seen almost 3000 volunteer hours donated.

Not sure what to donate? The food bank has a top ten list:

  • Tomato Sauce
  • Pasta
  • Peanut Butter
  • Formula
  • Canned Fruit
  • Rice
  • Tuna
  • Baby Food
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Beans

Remember, no one should have to choose between paying rent OR buying food. Paying their heating bill OR buying food. Paying their daycare fees OR buying food. Clothing their children OR buying food.

For more information on Hunger Awareness Week, visit www.hungerawarenessweek.ca or www.kamloopsfoodbank.org.