Food insecurity continues to be a significant problem in Canada where 1 in 6 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 have detrimental effects 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.
- Around 13,700 children and youth are served through FANS on a yearly basis
- 209,261 meals and 122,900 snacks were served in schools as a result of the FANS program