Help Make Hunger #UNIGNORABLE

Having access to nutritious and affordable food is essential in order for people to live active, healthy lives. While the majority of Victoria residents are not starving, food insecurity can mean that an individual or family struggles to put healthy food on the table, may have to frequently skip meals, or be forced to make choices between nutritious meals and cheaper, unhealthier snacks.

Circumstances

Lack of essential nutrients can have a profound effect on a child’s healthy development and a diet of primarily processed foods can affect concentration, energy levels, and general well-being. For many individuals and families, buying fresh or organic foods is too expensive and unfortunately, packaged, unhealthy meals or fast food is more affordable when your finances are already stretched by living needs such as rent, utilities, childcare, or medical costs.

For many Indigenous folk in our community, the effects of colonization have created a disconnect from culturally appropriate foods and this has had a profound effect on the First Nation’s community’s ability to access traditional ingredients from the land.

Programs and supports

United Way is committed to supporting programs and services that assist people in getting the nutritious food they need to live healthy, active lives and ultimately thrive. This includes funding for community kitchens, neighbourhood house food distribution initiatives, community gardens and orchards, and Indigenous food programs that help revive traditional food knowledge and a connection to the land.

50,000

People in Greater Victoria are food insecure, living with fear and worry, not knowing where their next meals may come from, and unable to afford healthy food options.

9%

Students in grades 7-12 reported going to bed hungry in Southern Vancouver Island.

Those living in food insecure households reported significantly higher rates of adult obesity and mood/anxiety disorder compared to those living in food secure households.

29%

Food prices in BC rose by 29% between 2005 and 2015, a rate that is more than twice as high as general inflation (13%).

Help solve this issue.

There are so many ways you can do local good in your community—right here, right now. Even the smallest actions have the power to change someone’s life. Doing local good is all about helping people who might be struggling. It can be as simple as smiling at a stranger, or a coordinated effort to raise money for good at your workplace. By taking action, you’re helping put an end to some of the biggest issues in Greater Victoria —including mental illness, domestic violence, and poverty. You’re showing your belief that everyone deserves to live a great life in a great place. You are a champion for your community.

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