Food Banks Canada rates Alberta D- in annual poverty report card

Over 7000 of these are made daily by volunteers packed with compassion and intention. These lunches are for school children at risk of going hungry and the list of those in need is growing exponentially. The number of kids who are experiencing food insecurity and live in households or food insecurity is a challenge is really growing. The latest numbers from Statistics Canada tell us that about 30% of kids live in a household that experience food insecurity in 2023. This includes families worried about putting food on the table or skip meals. I don't think any healthy parent woke up this morning and thought I'd really enjoy not feeding my kids today. But it's a really big challenge. As rent and mortgage and car payments and the cost of food just continue to increase, families are having a hard time making ends meet. New mom Haley Jackson says with the cost of groceries, she spends about $1000 each month. I'm going out every week and within a week the food has gone bad and I have to go back out. And it's just so pricey right now. So it's hard to continue going on, you know, getting more groceries and. It's just, yeah. On Wednesday, Food Banks Canada released its yearly poverty report, rating how governments have responded to reducing poverty. This year, Alberta was given an overall D minus, down from a D last year. 47% of Albertans who responded noted they feel worse off financially than last year. It was also given a failing grade for both the legislative process and for the 27% of Albertans struggling with food insecurities. Food insecurity is having profound effects, not just on the individual, but on society as a whole, and that's why. Investments now will help to To address some of these urgent issues, the report recommends the province introduced a poverty reduction strategy while expanding the temporary rent assistance benefit to everyone waiting for affordable housing. Global News reached out to the province about the report but hasn't received a response. Craig Mommy. Global News.

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