TNDF Annual Report 2013
Hunger Awareness Week
The Nourish and Develop Foundation Asks the Community to
“Give It Up” for Hunger
Help raise awareness of food need in Canada during Hunger Awareness Week (May 6-10, 2013)
The Nourish and Develop Foundation was proud to participate in the Give It Up for Hunger campaign to mark Hunger Awareness Week, May 6-10, 2013. Hunger Awareness Week is a week-long initiative that challenges Canadians to learn more about the issue of hunger, the important work of food banks and to take action.
Nearly 900,000 Canadians will visit a food bank every month. Of these 900 000, 38 % are children. Hunger is often a hidden issue and The Nourish and Develop Foundation is working to raise awareness.
Here in Brock Township, the rise in need is represented by an increase of 2%, last April alone, in those turning to The Healthy Harvest Food Pantry for support, with more than 137 individuals being assisted this past month.
All across the country, Canadians were encouraged to Give It Up for Hunger during Hunger Awareness Week. What did Canadians “give?”
Give It Up – Many Canadians gave up a meal or fasted for the day to better understand what it is like to live in hunger.
Give a Shout – People shared their experiences online and showed support by creating posters and painting plates to showcase in the Nourish and Develop Foundation window.
Give It Out – Participants donated food, funds or time to TNDF. McCaskill’s Mills Public school also held a food drive to donate to the food bank.
Hunger Awareness Week was created to provide food banks with an opportunity to educate about the reality of hunger in Canada and to encourage all Canadians to make a choice to help those in need. Close to 900,000 individuals turn to food banks for support each month, and close to 2 million Canadians are food insecure, struggling with not knowing where their next meal may come from. Today, more than 900 food banks and 2,900 affiliated agencies work in communities across the country to assist Canadians in need.
Together, Canadians can make an impact on the solvable issue of hunger in Canada and find solutions to hunger in communities across Canada.
For more information on Hunger Awareness Week visit www.hungerawarenessweek.ca.
* Source: HungerCount2012, Food Banks Canada. For the complete 2012 Hunger Count report please go to: http://www.foodbankscanada.ca/HungerCount.htm
The Nourish and Develop Foundation would like to thank all of those who took part in Hunger Awareness Week this past May! Check out some of the amazing artwork displayed in our front window, all in the name of raising awareness about hunger in the community. Special thanks to Brock High School and McCaskill’s Mills Public school for their initiative in becoming involved.
Durham Food Charter at Table Talks
At our July Table Talks, Mary Drummond of Durham Integrated Growers (DIG) discussed the Durham Region Food Charter. The Charter proposes a healthy and sustainable local food system. To learn more about the Charter and Durham Food Policy Council visit Community Development Council Durham website. To download the PDF version of the Charter, click here.
Brock’s Big Bite
Brock’s Big Bite is an annual community event held in the Township of Brock. This past year there was over 500 attendants who purchased tickets to sample on some delicious local fare.
Held by Beaverton Special Events and a number of other community organizations, the event has been a growing success for the entire community. Vendors, restaurants and artists displayed their wares while people from all over walked up and down the streets of Beaverton taking in the local atmosphere. The Nourish and Develop Foundation team were there discussing important local food issues. We also held a random draw to win a Bountiful Basket. Ellen D. from Keswick was our big winner! Thank you all for participating!
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