In Saskatchewan, children under the age of 17 account for more than 40% of food bank usage.
Food Security and School Readiness
Hunger affects people all over our province – including many in your community. We all know that it’s hard to focus when you’re hungry. Sadly, when children are hungry, they struggle.
United We Stand Against Child Hunger
1 in 5 children in Canada live in a household that struggles to put food on the table.
The effects of food insecurity extend into the overall ability of an individual to live a productive and healthy life. For too many in our community, poverty is a daily struggle. It forces people and families to make impossible choices like whether to put food on the table or pay the rent.
Among children, research shows that the health and social effects of food insecurity include mental illness, behavioural problems, poor social skills, and an elevated risk of suicide. It places children at risk for learning and behavioural problems and falling behind their peers in graduation rates.
United Way works to ensure every child has access to healthy, nutritious food.
Community Driven Solutions
Addressing child hunger will take a cross-sector approach. United Way works with those uniquely positioned to drive forward a collaborative, community-driven approach that focuses on long-term sustainable solutions rather than quick fixes.