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.

Our Kids Count

2013-2014 Anticipated Weekly Numbers
  • 146,796 Kids
  • 116,818 Breakfasts each week
  • 53,623 Lunches each week
  • 193,015 Snacks & other meals each week

Program Highlights

Community Kitchen Calgary - Souper Stars, Calgary, AB

Show Kids You Care is proud of one of our longest relationships with a program partner!  For more than 13 years we've parntered with Canwood Community School in Canwood, SK! 

We recently received this poem about the work being done for kids in Canwood:

The Hungry Child

You can’t tell a child is hungry, from the clothes that they wear,
Not even from the way, they choose to style their hair,
You’d never know who’s hungry, from the friends they hang out with,
Not even from the homes and places where they live,

You can tell a child is hungry, when they keep their eyes down low,
And wait ever so patiently, so their hunger will not show,
They tentatively will lift their hand, to take their even share,
And when they nod you that polite smile, you know you’re both aware!

But this breakfast line and daily snack, keep us all on an even level,
There’s no need to know which is which, because each of us is special,
The food becomes that weighted gift that balances out the scale,
So not a single hungry soul will our program fail! 

Anonymous – Nutrition Volunteer

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

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