Powell River Action Centre Food Bank Statistics
Year-To-Date: Jan 1 – Aug 31 2017
- Children: 299
- Adults 18-64: 692
- Seniors: 49
That means that 29% are children, and 5% are seniors
- 264 Disability Related
- 194 Social Assistance
- 73 Employment Income below poverty level
- 46 Old Age Pension
- 39 No Income
- 19 Employment Insurance
- 0 Students
While many of us are free to choose any menu item at our favourite restaurant, relishing the pleasure and freedom of dining out, far too many Canadians are unable to afford even to eat in. For the 863,492 people who accessed a food bank in March this year, choices take a very different shape. Instead of deciding whether they will have the short ribs or the chicken wings, they must decide whether to buy groceries or pay the rent. No one should have to make such a choice.
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Every month food banks in BC help 103,464 individuals, more than 32% being children. Many people don’t realize that it could be their neighbour or co-worker who needs help from a food bank in BC. Why? …because there is no typical person that turns to a food bank for help.
It may be a family where both parents are working, but just don’t have enough left over from each pay cheque to fully feed their family. It may be a senior whose fixed income just doesn’t stretch far enough. It may be someone who is experiencing a sudden illness, a job loss, has a chronic health problem or is perhaps providing care to a family members. It may be a single parent who is struggling.
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Canada ranks 37th on a list of 41 wealthy countries for children having access to enough nutritious food, a UNICEF report says, and higher-than-average rates of child homicide and teen suicide also point to a need for action.
More than 22 per cent of Canadian children live in poverty and most issues related to kids showed no improvement or worsened during the last decade, said the 14th report from UNICEF on children’s well-being amongst wealthy countries.
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