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Glen Pearson

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Food Insecure Canada

Posted on October 5, 2016

IT’S THANKSGIVING WEEK AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY food banks will be holding special food drives to help stock their supplies. For most, the challenges are high. At the London Food Bank, for instance, the demand has gone up 12% over the first eight months of this year over the same time last year. Many of the food banks are seeing their donations in both money and food decline in recent years, even as demand remains high. All this just means that food security all across Canada remain a precarious thing. Canadians should have access to enough nutritious and safe food to ensure a healthy lifestyle. More than that, they should also be assured of a secure food system that gets quality and affordable food…

The Real Story on Canada’s Food Insecurity

Posted on March 4, 2013

Here is my latest Huffington Post piece on the special United Nation’s envoy’s report, released today, on the growing insecurity in Canada’s food system.

Hunger Games – Global Reach

Posted on April 5, 2012

Foresight, a think-tank established to predict future crises, spent most of last year calling for “urgent action” to prevent food shortages worldwide. Hardly anyone in Canada noticed, but at the United Nations, the World Food Program, and other international institutions it set the alarm bells ringing. Following 18 months of research, Foresight concluded that even a modest rise in food prices would force “hundreds of millions” of people into hunger. Worse still, such turbulence for food commodities would inevitably result in mass migrations, spark civil unrest, and could lead to the rich countries turning on the poorer nations in order to protect their food supplies for their wealthy citizens. We’ve heard about such warning for a long time – decades maybe – but they…

Hunger Games – Weren’t We All Supposed to Win?

Posted on April 2, 2012

This week sees our 25th annual citywide spring food drive in London. It should have been like old hat but it wasn’t. Twenty-five years is a long time for a food bank that people hoped would be temporary in nature. Well, it’s not appearing transient, and neither are the hundreds of food banks spread across Canada who are now facing challenging futures. When we started our food bank in the fall of 1986 (we were incorporated the next year), we averaged around 300 families helped a month. Now, our busiest month ever was January, where we helped 3660 per month (9000 individuals). Roughly 40% of those helped are children, and we are seeing numerous new clients who were working only one year ago. More…


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