Can Food Banks Sustain Nutrient Requirements? Inspired by @mskawilson

Can Food Banks Sustain Nutrient Requirements? Inspired by @mskawilson


Approximately 3.7 million Canadians worry about having adequate amounts of food, do not eat suitable quality or selections of foods, and/or have inadequate amounts of food

These Canadians live in food-insecure households. Food insecurity is associated with a threefold increase in anxiety, when compared to residents in food-secure homes.

Physically, food insecurity is associated with anemia, chronic illness, depression, obesity, and poor overall health.

With increasing rates of food insecurity, food banks, which were originally intended to provide infrequent assistance to people in need, are now a stable fixture in the lives of many Canadians. In 2005, approximately 60% of Canadian food banks allowed clients to use their service once each month, although allowable food bank use ranged from every 7 days to every 14 weeks.

The food offered at the 650 food banks in Canada has become an integral part of the nutritional intake of over 820,600 Canadians each month and approximately 40% of food bank users are children. Ninety-four percent of all food bank users experience food insecurity.


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