In its second year, the #EveryPlateFull campaign, is once again urging Canadians to address the 26,548,725 summer meal gap that is facing Canadians struggling with hunger. During the month of May, over 120 food organizations are raising much needed food and funds to ensure shelves are full during the summer months.
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Food donations are at their lowest from June to August, and food assistance organizations find their shelves often close to empty at a time when the need doesn't diminish. The #EveryPlateFull campaign aims to raise awareness of the continued need for support while asking Canadians to help raise the food and funds that food banks and provincial food bank organizations need to get them through this challenging period.
"Over 918,000 men, women and children will have a really difficult time accessing enough food during the summer months," says Pam Jolliffe, Executive Director, Food Banks Canada. "In turn, food banks will also find themselves under strain to meet the need as food bank shelves slowly get bare."
To show support for Canada's hungry and raise awareness of this campaign, Food Banks Canada is asking Canadians to support their local food bank in a number of ways:
"The summer is a particularly difficult time for families living with food insecurity as school based meal programs take a break for the holidays often leaving families with fewer supports," says Ryan Noble of North York Harvest Food in Toronto. "We want to ensure that our food bank can meet the need of our community and being prepared for the summer will allow us to do that."
SOURCE Food Banks Canada
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