Poverty and Hunger in Canada

1.1 million kids in Canada live in poverty.  Many of them live in homes where there simply isn't enough food to eat.

Many factors contribute to poverty in Canada.  Many Canadians are simply one paycheque away from having to chose to buy food or pay the rent. Fortunately, most people who experience poverty in Canada will only experience it for a short time (usually less than three years). 

But in the meantime, Show Kids You Care knows how important it is that kids have access to nutritious food in a safe environment each day.  

Show Kids You Care leads a national network of breakfast clubs, lunch programs, snack programs and summer meal programs.  Each week dedicated volunteers and program leaders ensure that 150,000 kids receive nutritious meals and snacks.  But more must be done.

Join us as we partner together throughout the country to raise awareness of child poverty, build a national meal program for kids, and show kids YOU care.

Click here to donate and tell a kid you believe in them – that you care.  This could be one of the most meaningful and life-changing gifts you give this year.

  Show Kids You Care challenges the Conference Board of Canada's

attendees at the 3rd Annual Food Summit to a FOOD FIGHT!  (They're a great group of people to start a food fight with!) The reality is that kids who struggle to have access to nutritious food each day are in the middle of a very difficult FOOD FIGHT.  Many of the kids we serve feel they've been in the FOOD FIGHT for far too long.

Will you join our FOOD FIGHT?  Be the captain, be the heavy hitter, be the quarter back.  Join the FOOD FIGHT and let kids know that you're on their team.  Donations to our food fight can be made by clicking here.

Program Highlights

Summer meal programs - throughout Canada!


About a decade ago, our community-based partners asked us if we could help them run special meal programs for kids during the summer months (when traditional school-based meal programs are obviously closed).  Our board of directors considered their request, we asked donors to help support the programs, and now, a decade later, we are working with approximately 100 meal programs that operate during the summer months. 

Providing food for kids in a safe environment during the summer meets their daily need for access to nutritious food, but it also gives them a safe place to hang out, it gives them mentors and role models to look up to and share life with, and it gives them a sense of community.  Too many kids who struggle to find access to nutritious food in Canada turn to the wrong places to find a sense of community.  Gang leaders, drug dealers and pimps all have the power to make kids feel special and safe - for a time... And then, trouble starts. 

Thank you for helping us keep kids fed and safe this summer.  You're helping make Canada a better place for everyone!

Each week SKYC highlights the excellent work being done in communities throughout Canada and through our national network of program partners. We have recently highlighted programs in the following communities:

Cambridge Narrows, NB        Brandon, MB         Currey's Corner, NS

Whitehorse, YT                       Hamilton, ON        Norway House, MB

Broadview,  SK                       Calgary, AB           Portage la Prairie, MB

Ajax, ON                                  Port Hardy, BC

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