Food insecurity continues to be a significant problem in Canada where one in six children go hungry.
Food insecurity exists when families cannot afford to buy the proper variety and quantity of nutritious food. Not having enough fruits, vegetables and sources of protein has a detrimental effect on children’s healthy development and growth. The usage of food banks by low-income families in Canada continues to grow. In Alberta, 60,000 individuals rely on food banks each month and 43% of those are children. Many parents must make the difficult choice between paying rent and bills or buying food.
In the 2015 school year, FANS (Food and Nutrition in Schools) fed over 500,000 servings of nutritious breakfasts, lunches and snacks to hungry children and youth in every quadrant of Calgary.
- Number of children and youth served through FANS – 13,703
- 209,261 meals and 122,900 snacks were served in schools as a result of the FANS program