Food Security

 

Food Banks located in Muskoka

 

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.
 

Although Canada is one the wealthiest countries in the world, 9% or 2.7 million Canadians are considered "food insecure"(Canadian Community Health Survey, 2004). This means that many Canadians are not sure where their next meal is coming from or if they’ll have enough resources to prepare a sufficient and nutritious meal for themselves or their families.
 
Food Banks Canada 's HungerCount (2010) reports that food bank use is at a record high, with 867, 948 Canadians relying on food banks in a one month period. Of these food bank users, 38% are children. This growing group of food bank users includes children, seniors, persons with disabilities, lone mothers and working poor. The reality is, that although food bank use has increased over 99% since 1989, 34.5% of food banks are having difficulty meeting the growing demand. 
 

 

What is Food Security?

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.