Hungry to Help is fundraising
Help a hunger child at primary school
Canada is the only G7 country without a national food strategy for public schools. That may seem odd when the effects of poor nutrition on the mental, psychological and developmental health of children is widely known. However, for fifteen years a local non-profit, “Faim d’aider/Hungry to Help”, has helped provide a healthy lunch to many primary school children in need.
According to Statistics Canada, the Consumer Price Index for food in Canada increased 2.9% in 2018. It may seem higher, for some. It’s an unfortunate reality for the four million Canadians who suffer from food insecurity and the one out of six Canadian children who live in a food insecure household, according to Food Secure Canada.
Food Banks Canada has also reported that Canadians visited food banks 1.1 million times in March 2018 and 35.2% of those relying on food banks nationally are children.
This month, “Faim d’aider/Hungry to Help”, is fundraising in order to continue their help for local school children. “Since 2003, we have provided 23,873 healthy lunches to 433 elementary school children at 12 different schools in the National Capital Region,” notes Pascale Girouard-Frappier, President of the non-profit. “You may soon see our postcard around town but today you can help by donating on our website at https:// hungrytohelp.ca. Your small donation will help continue their effort until the end of this school year for the children in need. “ (BA)