An Issue of Food Security
The Rainbow Kitchen sees the effects of household food insecurity on a daily basis. Inadequate or insecure access to food because of financial constraints, is a significant social and health problem in Canada. In 2012, 4 million individuals in Canada, including 1.15 million children, experienced some level of food insecurity. This represents nearly 13% of Canadian households.
Households with children under the age of 18 were at greater risk for food insecurity than households without children (15.6% versus 11.4%). Food insecure households include 1.15 million children, or 16% of all children under the age of 18. This means that household food insecurity affected nearly one in every six children in Canada in 2012.
Seventy percent of households whose major source of income was social assistance were food insecure, as were 38.4% of those reliant on Employment Insurance or Workers’ Compensation. However, the majority of food insecure households (62.2%) were reliant on wages or salaries from employment. Other household characteristics associated with a higher likelihood of food insecurity included being a female lone parent (34.3% were food insecure), having an income below the Low Income Measure (29.0%), being black (27.8%), being Aboriginal (28.2%), and renting rather than owning one’s home (26.1%).
See the full report on food security here.
Darlene Potentier, Onsite Organizer
"Working with Paul and HeroWork on 2 projects has been the most rewarding and fulfilling work I have ever done. Paul inspires people to give selflessly to the community yet remains so humble."
Rev. Chris Riddell, Mustard Seed, Executive Director
"Me, like my colleagues, are speechless at what HeroWork has done. This was not just a renovation. It was a pouring out of love and compassion..."
Kent McFadyen, Project Manager
"To see the community band together with a common goal was absolutely amazing. In all my years in construction I have never seen trades working so closely in harmony."