Celebrate World Food Day with a donation to help tackle food insecurity in Canada

Celebrate World Food Day with a donation to help tackle food insecurity in Canada

There are more than one million visits to Canadian food banks every month; join us in our efforts to help our local communities.

Across the globe, World Food Day celebrates the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Established in 1945, the FAO works with its 194 partner states, including Canada, to drive solutions to tackle food insecurity globally.

Here in Canada, food insecurity is a major issue. According to Food Banks Canada’s HungerCount 2019 report, Canadians made roughly 1 million visits to food banks every month in 2018 – resulting in the distribution of over 25 million pounds of food.

Chris Hatch

When we think of food insecurity, we often think of it as an issue affecting the developing world."

“When we think of food insecurity, we often think of it as an issue affecting the developing world,” said Chris Hatch, CEO of Food Banks Canada. “The reality is that here in Canada it’s a major issue.”

Many factors contribute to food insecurity in Canada. From the increasing cost of housing, to a growing cost of food – too many Canadians have to make difficult decisions that often results in a lack of food for their families. In fact, of the million visits made to food banks every month – roughly 35 per cent of clients served are children.

For 2019, the FAO has decided to highlight the importance of fresh foods, calling to attention the needs for decision makers, businesses and society to make healthy and sustainable diets available and affordable to everyone. 

In 2018, Bayer collaborated with Food Banks Canada and began supporting the organization’s +Fresh Gardens and Growing Fund. The focus, to help food banks across Canada grow their own fresh produce while stimulating greater awareness of the need for fresh foods within their communities. Since 2018, more than 80 garden and growing programs have been established or enhanced across the country.

 

Derrick Rozdeba

Since our start over 150 years ago, Bayer has always wanted to be a difference maker, an organization that focuses its efforts on creating a better life for the people we serve."

“Since our start over 150 years ago, Bayer has always wanted to be a difference maker, an organization that focuses its efforts on creating a better life for the people we serve,” said Derrick Rozdeba, Vice President of Communications and PGA. “Through our business in agriculture we want to tackle many of the same issues as our partners and we are very proud to be supporting the work of food banks across the country today.”

Over the month of October, Bayer employees and their partners are participating in a giving campaign designed to inject much-needed funds into +Fresh program, designed to support food banks across the country.