Childhood food insecurity

1 in 5 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.

Our approach represents an innovative shift in how we get food to hungry kids.

Our original mission focused on summer hunger.

If it wasn’t for school nutrition programs some children would go an entire day without a meal. This happens in every corner of the city. We were focused solely on feeding kids who were out of school during the summer with food packs and nutritious snacks. But then the pandemic hit…

We shifted to target childhood hunger. Period. Any time of year.

When the pandemic hit and learning moved to at home and online, children couldn’t access the same level of food support. Our mission needed to be much broader than summer hunger. This was a year-long, at home issue. We had to move beyond food packs – COVID protocols prevented us from doing our normal work. Because we had such a robust distribution system in place we didn’t miss a beat – like everyone else in the Spring of 2020, we had to pivot…

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

60,000+

children and youth living in poverty in Calgary

1 in 5

children in Calgary lives in a food-insecure home

3/4

of food-insecure households are in the workforce

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 affects 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.

Our approach doesn’t just help feed food-insecure kids, it builds trust and helps restore dignity

Distributing grocery gift cards presents a barrier-and stigma-free way of empowering families to purchase food that meets their personal, cultural, religious, and health needs.

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 to go around and feed everyone. The issue of childhood hunger isn’t about a lack of food, it’s a lack of financial resources. That is food insecurity.

With your help, we can do this

Donate

Your generosity allows us to give people in our community dignity and choice

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Volunteer

There are many ways you can support our work to feel more connected to our cause

Spread the word

More people knowing about us means fewer kids going hungry every day

Learn more about the evidence that informs our work

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

Beyond Hunger: The Hidden Impacts of Food Insecurity

Dig deeper into the causes and experiences of food insecurity by reviewing the information published by Community Food Centres Canada.

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.

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Our innovative work will feed more kids and help make an impact on food insecurity.

None of that can happen without donors like you.