19.7% of Saskatchewan families suffer from food insecurity: Statistics Canada

A new study from Statistics Canada indicates that in 2022, 18 percent of Canadian families reported experiencing food insecurity in the previous 12 months, up from 16 percent in 2021.

The study, titled “Food Insecurity Among Canadian Families,” reveals that 19.7 per cent of Saskatchewan families are food insecure – the sixth highest among the provinces – in 2021.

Regina Food Bank CEO John Bailey said these numbers aren’t a surprise considering what they see every day at the food bank.

“We’re up about 40 percent from last year,” Bailey said. “So quite significant growth in the number of people accessing our services. »

Bailey said there is a huge combination of factors that lead to food insecurity, such as unemployment and cost of living.

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“We’re all finding that our trips to the grocery store are costing a lot more than they did this time last year,” Bailey said. “If you’re sort of on the edge of food insecurity or extreme poverty, those impacts are felt even more than they would be for other households.”

Bailey said as the holiday season approaches, they expect the numbers to increase. They hope to fulfill their wish list.

“Cash donations are very important to us. We can turn $1 into three meals and, as we plan to make major purchases for Hampers of Hope, cash donations are really important,” he said. “If people are looking to work their way through food donations, cans (and) produce on the shelf are still very important.”

If people would like to donate to the Regina Food Bank, they can go to the Donate Now page on the community organization’s website.

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