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Canada is starving?!

People often assume first world countries like Canada don’t understand what starvation looks like compared to other nations. It’s not about comparing though, it’s about helping one another and bringing communities together… I’m extremely grateful to be working with Purolator to raise awareness about Hunger in Canada and we need your help!

Did you know 850,000 Canadians access food banks on a monthly basis and that one-third of them are children?! -Recent HungerCount report

To address food insecurity, Purolator Tackle Hunger (PTH) was introduced in 2003 by the leading courier service provider. It has since helped deliver the equivalent of more than 12 million pounds of food across Canada to food banks!

This year marks the sixteenth season that Purolator has organized game day food drives in partnership with the Canadian Football League (CFL) to benefit local food banks where it operates.

Last week was special because Purolator teamed up with the Redblacks to tackle hunger by holding a food drive to support the Ottawa Food Bank. On August 11, our community donated 24,920 lbs of non-perishable food items! Think about that for a second because it just goes to show what a difference we can make by working together.

Ottawa Food Bank Needs You

It’s often assumed that food banks need our help most in winter but the truth is, they need our donations all year round and heavily rely on them.

38,400 Ottawa residents require the Ottawa Food Bank each month  & only 3% of funding comes from government sources – Ottawa Food Bank

Each and every one of us has an equal responsibility to help our community; as Robert G. Ingersoll said, “we rise by lifting others”.

How to get involved

Though game day has passed in Ottawa, the Food Bank still needs our help! Visit the Purolator website to make a donation to the food bank of your choice.

If you’d like to donate non-perishable food items to your local food bank, find out what they urgently need.

Visit the PTH website to learn more about the initiative and find out when it’s coming to a province near you!

If you’re unable to donate and or would like to raise awareness, please share the image below. Thank you, I’m sending y’all so much love and good vibes.

– Prab

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Sofia
    August 17, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    Thanks for bringing awareness to this reality. Each action as small as it is counts. We are stronger united and by taking care of each other. Your post inspired me to get involved more in the community.

    • Reply
      My Ottawa Life
      August 17, 2018 at 10:47 pm

      Thank you for your kind words Sofia, we need to open this discussion and continue to raise awareness ❤️

  • Reply
    Jas
    August 17, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Glad you’re bringing awareness to this issue! It was well written! I was curious if the figures include the Kanata Food Cupboard or if that is separate from the Ottawa Food Bank??

    • Reply
      My Ottawa Life
      September 5, 2018 at 5:34 pm

      Thank you so much, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. The stats for Canadians apply to all but the stats exclusively from Ottawa Food Bank do not include others. Have a great day!

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