Thousands in Mississauga are Food Insecure
Food insecurity is just one symptom of the larger problem: poverty
2021 is the 40th anniversary of food banks in Canada, and yet food insecurity is still a very real and present reality for many Canadians.
While hunger can be addressed with short-term solutions like food banks, food insecurity is a systemic issue that requires long-term social and political change.
Being food insecure is when one (or more) of the following apply to you:
- Food runs out with no money to buy more
- Not being able to afford balanced meals
- Adults choosing to skip or cut the size of their meals
- Eating less due to not having enough money to buy food
- Choosing not to eat when hungry because of lack of funds for food
Food banks are not the long-term solution to food insecurity – they have always been meant as an emergency measure.
The Mississauga Food Bank will continue to support our hungry neighbours with healthy food until governments prioritize and enact policies that decrease long-term poverty. At the same time, we will strive to leverage our platform and network to advocate for structural solutions.