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Key Notes
On July 1, 2004 the estimate population for Canada was - 31,900,034 persons.

1. This project proposal is based on a 5 District Pool with an approximate total number of 166,000 students in all.
2. Approx. number of children at risk to go to school either hungry without a breakfast and/or without a lunch, based on a 20% average of 1 in 5 children is 33,200 students, within this District Pool.
3. Approximate number of students who require food source alternatives in 2004 - 2005 is 33,200 students.
4. Number of children or youth currently receiving a supplemental food source in the form of a school meal program is 11,800 students in total.
.....a) Approximately 21,400 students are at risk to experience ongoing food insecurity based on current 20% estimates.
.....b) With an 8.5% over all increase in the last year of the number of persons experiencing food insecurity within a 1 month period, an additional 14,110 students are at risk with facing hunger on a regular basis, bringing the total number of students at risk to experience food insecurity to 35,510 students in all from the 5 District Pool, but not including the 11,800 students who already receive an alternative food source in the form of an existing Lunch Program.
.....c) School meal programs provide one/third of a students total food intake for a 24 hour period.

Section A: Information Relating To Food Insecurity

Under section A. of this proposal a brief description of the problems facing Food Banks across British Columbia, and Canada outlines the need to seriously consider introducing a permanent alternative measure as a way to ensure that children, youth, young adults, and their families have access to an independent supplemental food choice, that doesn’t depend on, or put extra strain on, any existing local food bank service provider for their daily basic food needs. Through this section, the information provided clearly shows the growing demand being placed on all local Food Banks across the Province in addition too, across the country, while re-enforcing the need to take a no-nonsense approach to begin solving this growing National problem, when it relates to hunger and meeting children’s needs in the form of introducing, and maintaining a solid and dependable Universal Lunch Program beginning with this pilot project in the Greater Vancouver Regional District of British Columbia.

A. General information relating to Food Bank Services and to the issue of food insecurity concerns based on collected data, that maps out the growing demand placed on food bank providers across Canada, and including British Columbia.

Figures subject to information collected between the months of March 2003 to March 2004.

1. For the year 2004, approximate total number of people using food banks as an alternative food source across Canada was 841,640.
a) Nationally, children under the age of 18 are 39.5% to 41% of all recipients who depend on food banks.
b) In British Columbia, the number of children relying on food banks as a food alternative is closer to 42%.
c) In British Columbia a 16% increase in the number of children relying on food banks has occurred in 1 year, or 8000 more children depend on food banks since 2003.
d) 30% of all BC residents view hunger to be a concern, compared to only 17% for the year 2001.
e) , there are 550 Food Banks, and approx. 2653 affiliated Agencies that assist with food hampers.
f) In British Columbia, there are 95 Food Banks,and 156 Affiliated Agencies.

MamaGee getting her practice on!!

2. For the year 2003, 65,714 more people were using food banks as an alternativefood source across Canada.
a) An increase of 8.5% on demand for food alternative services occurred between the months of March 2003 to March 2004.
b) Since 1997, 2003 was noted to have the highest growth rate on demand for food alternatives.
c) A 123% increase on over all demand for food bank services has occurred since March 1989.

3. Based on a 2% average of the total population of British Columbia, less than 100,000 people suffer from some form of food insecurity within a calendar year. Although, independent Anti-Poverty Groups have noted otherwise, and estimate the number of persons experiencing hunger to be much higher.
.....a) Note: food insecurity may also affect more than an approximate 2% of the population, due to families not
.........registering with their local food bank providers
.....b) Families falling under the food bank radar may depend on personal credit cards, and/or other loans to
.........supplement their total household nutritional needs, outside of ever registering, and/or depending on food banks a food supplement alternative.
.....c) Some households and/or individuals may experience a food shortage regularly but receive little or no help,
.........due to isolation within their immediate community, or resulting from a language gap.
.....d) Individuals, and/or individual families may suffer from embarrassment that prevents them from registering with
.........a food bank, or relying on a food bank to supplement their regular nutritional household needs.
.....e) In general, families or individuals may be totally unaware that they would qualify to register with a food bank, as alternative to manage food insecurity needs.
.....f) A definite percentage gap in the estimated 2% of the population needing and/or requiring food assistance
.........should be consider important and therefore, needs to be monitored appropriately.
.....g) It’s been estimated by Unicef that 15% of Canadian children live at or, below the poverty line.
.....h) Number of food insecurity issues mentioned in Parliament from Sept/02 to Feb/04 was noted by Hansard twice
.........(2 times).
.....i) In some cases but not all, drug or alcohol addiction, and/or tobacco addictions and including, gambling
.........addictions can add to the problems of food insecurity in the home, as any substance abuse or gambling addiction
.........can redirect monies away from the main food bill allowance that would not only affect adults daily food take
.........but can also affect children’s daily food intake in an adverse way.

4. As food insecurity increases whether Nationally or Provincially, so does the demand on food bank providers, which results in an over demand for food alternatives in correlation to actual supply, as a means to meet the needs of all food shortages as a preventative measure to combat hunger within any community.
....a) 54.5% of the total food bank recipient population are parents with children,
........23.5% of these families are 2 parent homes.
....b) Single people make up 35.5% of the total food bank recipient population,
........while couples with no children make up 10%.
....c) An increase of demand for food alternatives @ 1.5% has occurred within the population, where the majority of persons requiring alternative food
are Seniors Citizens
....d) On average, most food bank providers supply only enough food for a 4 day
........ hamper, once per month.
....e) The majority, 54.4% of all food bank recipients’ total income comes from
........ Social Assistance.

Pops puttin in 2 cents~

f) 13.3% of food bank recipients are employed, 7.6% are considered disabled, 5.5% are on EI, 5.2% collect active pensions, 7.2% are consider other, 1.9% are students, while 4.9% are considered to have no income
g) Food banks do not turn anyone away despite the demands and pressures put on them.
h) Since the year 2000, 55 new food bank operators have been established across the country to help alleviate the growing demand for food alternatives.
i) Donations to food banks have decreased, while demand continues to steadily increase.
j) Some people are becoming totally dependent on food bank services for all their total nutritional needs, resulting from lack of affordable housing, cuts to social services, or other related areas.
k) All BC Food Banks and other food banks across the Nation cope with having to deal with depression from the clients, and noticeable desperation among those who they help to serve.

Bermuda Cares!!

l) It has been noted by independent Anti-poverty Organizations that 19.6% of the total population of BC lived in or below the poverty rate in 2002, where approximately 167,000 were children.

Point of reference: Canadian Association of Food Banks

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