Canadian Association of Food Banks

Canadian Association of Food Banks
National Hunger Awareness Day

National Hunger Awareness Day

May 31, 2006 09:09 ET

Canadian Association of Food Banks: Awareness Creates Change!

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 31, 2006) -

National Hunger Awareness Day Launches in Canada

More than 800,000 Canadians, many of whom are employed, rely on food banks to help feed themselves and their families in an average month. Of these, 300,000 are children. We live in a country rich with resources and money. It's time to open your heart and unite to create change.

On June 5th, 2006, the eve of the inaugural National Hunger Awareness Day in Canada, the Canadian Association of Food Banks invites media to attend a National Event to launch this important day.

Place: Auditorium, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Time: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Panelists: Gerard Kennedy - Liberal Leadership Candidate
Greg deGroot-Maggetti - Socio-Economic Policy Analyst,
Canadians for Public Justice
Dianne Bascombe - President & CEO, Family Services Canada
Sherrie Tingley - Social Policy Advocate

National Hunger Awareness Day is a grassroots movement, started by the Canadian Association of Food Banks' counterpart in the United States, America's Second Harvest, to raise awareness about the solvable problem of hunger. CAFB has been working with America's Second Harvest to mirror this event in Canada and strengthen the overall message of domestic hunger in North America. The goal of this event is to raise public awareness of domestic hunger. Numerous local activities and events are planned across the country on the day, June 6 and can be viewed at

Founded in 1985, the Canadian Association of Food Banks (CAFB) is the voice of food banks in Canada. CAFB conducts research, engages in public education and advocates for public policy change.

Through its members and their 2,800 partner agencies, its serves approximately 90 % of people who use emergency food programs nation-wide.

While CAFB provides food daily for people in need, its ultimate goal is a hunger-free Canada.

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