How will you take action?

Written by: Chrissy Jarvie, Communications Lead

Did you know 1 in 8 households in Canada experience hunger? Would it shock you to learn that 1 in 3 of those helped by food banks are children? (Food Banks Canada)

September 1stmarks the beginning of Hunger Action Month (previously Hunger Awareness Week in September) which aims to raise awareness of hunger in your community and across Canada. But what does it really mean? There are four ways you can take action.

Educate: Talk to your families; your children, parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, anyone with a friendly ear. Have an open conversation about hunger and what it means as a whole and to you. Look for resources in your community and online to learn more. (Check out the Exchange where CCS houses our Food Support Program)

Advocate: You can be the voice of action in your community for those in need. Learn the facts about hunger and take a stand – together we can help ensure everyone has nutritious food to eat.

How you advocate depends on you – writing a letter to a person in government or using your social media are just two of many options.

Volunteer: Right here in Caledon we have CCS’ Food Support program at the Exchange where last year we had 3,364 unique visits to our pantry. You can join our amazing team of volunteers who help ensure necessities are there for our neighbours in need, whether its sorting food, organizing or stocking the pantry or leading a food and nutrition workshop.

Donate: Donations are always welcome and much appreciated. Items can be dropped off at 55 Healey Rd. Bolton, Monday to Friday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. You can add a few items to your next grocery list, host a food drive or harvest extra produce from your garden or farm.

You can also donate money or gift cards which allow us to purchase much needed items. Contact Kim D’Eri at 905-584- 2300 ext. 202 or kderi@ccs4u.org for a list of most needed items or to find out how you can help.

Do what action will you take?

You have the power to make a difference not just during Hunger Action Month, but year-round. We can’t do it without you.

Visit www.ccs4u.org to get involved and don’t forget to follow CCS on Facebook and Twitter for more hunger facts and ways to get involved all month long.

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