Childhood food insecurity

1 in 4 children lives in a food-insecure home in Calgary.

It’s unequal. It’s not fair. It shouldn’t happen here. It’s time to challenge the way our society supports children living with food insecurity.

As a direct result of limited household income, too many children are unable to access enough healthy food every day.

1 in 4

children in Calgary lives in a food-insecure home

28%

of Calgarians couldn’t make ends meet if they suffered a financial shock

1 in 15

households in Alberta need to skip meals on a regular basis

When you’re just handed things, you’re kind of expected to just take what is given to you. When you’re able to go out and grocery shop and meal plan, it just makes you feel human.

Katie, single-parent household, 2 children

(UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY I CAN FOR KIDS STUDY)

Food insecurity harms every part of a kid’s life.

Physical

Poor diet quality increases the risk of developing chronic health conditions in adulthood such as mood disorders and diabetes.

Mental

Repeated experiences of hunger lead to more struggles with hyperactivity, depression, and anxiety.

Social

Food-insecure kids feel more shame and lower self-esteem that can lead to social isolation.

Academic

Food-insecure kids are more likely to repeat a grade, receive lower test scores, and struggle with reading.

We base our work on the lived experience of people impacted by food insecurity

Our founding model is based on relationships with more than 25 frontline service agency partners who have direct contact with families living with food insecurity. They’ve built relationships with families and know their specific needs.

Food-insecure children have poor nutrition because their family has too little income

There is more than enough food for everyone in our city. Childhood food insecurity isn’t about a lack of food. It’s caused by a lack of financial resources. That is food insecurity.

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Learn more about the evidence that informs our work

Some key resources that describe the causes and impacts of food insecurity

Need PROOF?

PROOF is an academic team who publishes research, reports, and resources on food insecurity in Canada. We recommend their easy-to-read factsheets.

How to Tackle Food Insecurity

In less than 15 minutes, learn more about food insecurity and potential solutions that maximize dignity and respect.

Our innovative program is the first of its kind to tackle the root cause of food insecurity: inadequate income.

And innovation only thrives through the support of generous donors like you.