Thursday, November 15

Food Bank Use Down Across The Country, But Up In Alberta

Alberta may be leading the nation in wealth, but an annual survey shows that the province is falling behind the rest when it comes to ensuring families can afford to put food on the table. According to HungerCount 2007, put out by the Canadian Association of Food Banks (CAFB), Alberta was the only province in the nation that did not see an overall decrease in food bank use from 2006.

Now in its 19th year, the survey collects data from food banks and emergency food programs across the country, making recommendations to government on how to achieve a hunger-free Canada.

According to the report, 720 000 people used a food bank in Canada this past March—a number that represents 2.2 per cent of the population. Data is collected during March because it is a month without predictable high or low patterns of use.

FULL STORY: Vue Weekly

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