Help Relieve Summer Hunger

Food bank with caption "one million Canadians will access a food bank this summer."
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According to Food Banks Canada, close to one million Canadians will access a food bank this summer. Hunger hits especially hard when children are out of school. Breakfast and lunch programs aren’t available and, when the choice is to pay rent or buy groceries, many households simply go hungry.

“Our donations from the community taper off in the summertime,” says Kim Duquette, organizer of The Salvation Amy’s Community Food Bank in Midland, Ont. “People are on holidays and aren’t really thinking of donating.”

Debbie, who is raising her three grand-children, knows what it’s like to be hungry.

“There are times when I go to bed hungry,” says Debbie, who gets help from The Salvation Army’s food bank. “Money is tight and sometimes I don’t have enough bread or peanut butter for the next day. Knowing I can get help eases my mind.”

This summer, help The Salvation Army keep food on the shelves. Get the word out. Talk to family and friends about how to make this a hungry-free summer for the 850,000 Canadians who rely on food banks each month.

While holidays are the traditional season of giving, food banks also need support during the summer. Thank you for helping to strengthen and feed your communities.