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Alarming FOOD FACTS:

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  • Canada is the only industrialized country without a national school feeding program. [4]

  • 96% of low-income households have suffered from hunger.  Hunger is higher in new immigrant families and four times more likely in Aboriginal families, in both cases because of the high rates of poverty.  [5]

  • 42% of food bank users across Ontario are children under 18. [6]

  • In 2002 in Eastern Ontario, approximately 1 in 10 households with children under 12 years of age reported that at least once that year they had run out of money to buy food. [7]

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4. The Vanier Institute of the Family, Families and Health, September 1999 Vol 5., pg. 7

5. McIntyre, L., et al., A Glimpse of Child Hunger in Canada, Applied Research Branch, Strategic Policy, Human Resources Development Canada, October 1998, pg. 15

6. Social Planning Council of Ottawa-Carelton, March 1999, pg. 90

7. Health Information Partnership- Eastern Ontrario Region. (March 2002). The Health Status of Child and Youth in Eastern Ontario. Kingston: Author.

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