|The amazing #FEEDITFORWARD team!|
Last week I was approached by our dear friends at Gastropost Toronto to write and share what food insecurity means to me.
I figure we should begin with the true meaning of Food Insecurity - according to Stats Canada:
- Food insecurity rates have remained relatively stable over time. Every year from 2007 to 2012, approximately 5% of Canadian children and 8% of Canadian adults lived in food insecure households. This means that they did not have access to a sufficient variety or quantity of food due to lack of money.
- The most recent statistics indicate that in 2011–2012, 8.3% of Canadian households experienced food insecurity.
- Nunavut had the highest rate of food insecurity (36.7%), over four times the Canadian average (8.3%) in 2011–2012. ce94c57ca63fb7a3967e28c7dab12b25bd0ff946cf0f417e69
- In 2011–2012, the rate of food insecurity was more than three times higher in households where government benefits were the main source of income (21.4%) compared with households with an alternate main source of income (6.1%).
|1 in 6 Canadian children are affected by hunger.. Astonishing fact. We must work harder to eliminate this stat.|
|All smiles - the mini humans are so inspiring and great to be around!|
How is RBN helping - Well food and wellness has always been in our top considerations BUT as of last year I've been working with Real Food for Real Kids (RFRK) - which is a non for profit dedicated to bringing kids (some less fortunate) whole foods that are ethically sourced, quality made, grown by local farmers, using only environmentally responsible vehicles and supply litter-less reusable lunch containers. Oh and you get to spend afternoons learning and educating young minds about food and such. Its such a joy and has become the favourite part of my week.
What are some other great ways YOU can get involved?
1. Community gardens: Pitch in some volunteer hours to help seed, plants and teach the younger generations about how and why local food growth and sustainability is a prime issue.
2. Form a group in your neighbourhood or school, maybe you take turns doing a new activity bi-weekly to bring awareness and support.
3. Nominate someone YOU know that is already taking part in this great initiative - click HERE for details to #feeditforward pledge!
4. Look to schools and daycares to teach and get them involved, in my experience as a nutritionist - the more kids know, the more apt they are to learn, eat and explore food and our food culture!
5. Let RBN know your idea too - we're always looking for new ways to motivate and give back!
Please share this with anyone you think should be involved!