What is Hunger?
Hunger is the compelling need or desire for food coupled with the physiological, painful sensation or state of weakness caused by the need of food. Many citizens often believe that hunger is not an issue faced by industrialized countries, as these issues are often associated with developing nations; it is not faced by the wealthy. However, this is a perfect example of mis-interpretation of the issues that surround many of Canadians every day.
The definition of food security developed at the World Food Summit in 1996 at which 187 countries pledged to halve the number of hungry people within their respective nations by the year 2015 has been accepted by Dietitians of Canada and adhered to by the Canadian Government:
“Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.”
In Muskoka, hunger exists. It can be found in young children, teens, adults, older adults, and in seniors. Through many of Muskoka's food programs, the passion and hope of those who create and manage food programs for the community, the goal is to end hunger in Muskoka.