Why winter may be the perfect time to give back

While many of us look forward to holiday parties, festive meals and time with family, for some, the cold, dark days can be a little depressing, especially for Canadians experiencing food insecurity. Giving back to those in need can help beat those winter blues.

With the increased cost of living, giving back may look a bit different this year. A no-cost option is to volunteer your time. You can help sort supplies at a local food bank, dish out meals at a soup kitchen, organize a clothing drive or spend time at a retirement home.

With rising inflation and interest rates, food insecurity is a growing concern for many Canadians. In fact, in 2021, nearly six million of us lived in a food-insecure home. Winter is especially hard because gardens are buried under snow, and much of the fresh produce we consume at this time of year is pricey imports.

The situation is even more severe in many Indigenous communities. Almost a third of Indigenous people who live off-reservation and nearly half who live on-reservation do not have access to affordable, healthy food.

But there are organizations like Canadian Feed The Children who provide food support, as well as income and educational opportunities, for families in five different countries including 30 Indigenous communities across Canada.

Learn more about how you can help feed children and give back to families worldwide at canadianfeedthechildren.ca

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