“We are all in different boats, but fighting the Same Storm”
Food insecurity is a household’s inability to afford nutritious food which in turn influences both the physical and mental health of adults and kids who do not have enough to eat.
- 1 in 8 households in Canada could be considered food insecure
- This includes 1.15 million children, about 1 in 6 Canadian children under the age of 18
- Female single-parent households with children under the age of 18 face the highest rate of insecurity at 34.2%
- Almost half of the food-insecure households in Canada consist of unattached individuals, living alone or with others
The COVID-19 outbreak has had significant negative economic impact. Loss of employment throughout the population and school closures have intensified issues of food accessibility for Canada’s most vulnerable populations. With reduced income from loss of employment or reduced workhours, and with low-income families unable to rely on the support from schools providing nutritious meals to their children, the COVID-19 pandemic is putting an extra strain on those who were already food insecure before the outbreak.
Food banks and other organizations devoted to alleviating food insecurity in our country have also been negatively impacted in their ability to collect donations, deliver the goods to those in need, and recruit volunteers.
In line with our values, the Colliers Together program is an employee-driven initiative to do what’s right and give back to the communities where we live and work.
The people of Colliers Canada are stepping forward to deliver or donate food or making a monetary contribution to organizations across the country to help get food and provisions to those in need.
We believe that by standing together, each one of us can make a positive impact in the lives of our most vulnerable communities during these uncertain times.
If you would like to contribute, we have put together a list of more than 100 organizations across the country that address food insecurity.