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Hunger facts

  • Canada- 12.7% of households experienced some level of food insecurity in the previous 12 months. Statistics Canada’s Canadian Community Health Survey that was conducted in 2017 and 2018. This means 4.4 Million Canadians. 
  • Hungry Children in Canada – More than 1.2 million children under the age of 18, living in food-insecure households in 2017-18 .This means 1in6 children live in food-insecure households
  • Children Alberta – Among households with children, 16.7% of Albertans under the age of 18 lived under the poverty threshold in 2018—more than 160,000 childrenChild poverty is not distributed evenly among family types (Figure 1).
  • Alberta– – 12.9% of households experienced some level of food insecurity in the previous 12 months. Statistics Canada’s Canadian Community Health Survey conducted in 2017 and 2018
  • Calgary– 1 in 10 Calgarians are living below the poverty line Income poverty has decreased overall in Canada, Alberta, and Calgary, as well as in all other provinces. However, one in ten Calgarians are living below the poverty line.
  • The price of food has risen nearly 4% and the average Calgary family is spending almost $70 more for groceries every month. Food is expected to get even more expensive. Additionally, visits to the Calgary Food Bank have gone up by 44% since 2019.
  • How you can help with food security in Calgary – United Way Calgary and Area (calgaryunitedway.org)

COVID-19

  • Even before COVID-19, food insecurity—defined as inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial constraints—affected nearly 4.5 million Canadians, many of them among the most vulnerable people in our society. In the first 2 months of the pandemic, that number grew by 39%, affecting 1 in 7 people. Beyond Hunger: The hidden impacts of food insecurity in Canada | CORE Alberta
  • The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated existing food security challenges for Canadians. According to Statistics Canada, almost one in seven Canadians (14.6%) experienced food insecurity in May 2020—an increase from 10.5% just two years earlier. Canadian households with children were particularly more likely to experience food insecurity, representing nearly one in five households (19%).
  • fACT Sheet — Food (In)Security During COVID-19 | Edmonton Social Planning Council
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