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Food banks and Canada’s social safety net

December 13, 2021, 1pm-2:30pm

Dec 08, 2021

Food banks play an important role in supporting people living in poverty, but little is known about the characteristics of food-bank clients or how food-bank use is affected by government income supports. Who uses food banks and how often? How do food-bank users compare with the broader low-income population?  

Canadian research has been unable to answer these questions due to a lack of data. In 2014, McMaster University and Hamilton Food Share – a network of major food banks in Hamilton, Ontario – joined forces to remedy this situation and improve the quality of food-bank data available to researchers, food-bank administrators and users, government decision-makers and not-for-profits.  

Join us on Monday, December 13 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time for an expert panel discussion on the preliminary research findings on food bank usage in Hamilton, the implications for government policy and the major issues facing local food banks in Canada. Our guests will be Martin Dooley, professor emeritus at McMaster University; Joanne Santucci, CEO of Hamilton Food Share; Richard Matern, research director at Food Banks Canada; Laurie O’Connor, executive director of the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre and Vishnal Khanna, Co-Founder of Sai Dham Food Bank.  

The event will be moderated by Colin Cusby, research director of the Social Safety Net for Working-Age Adults research program at the IRPP.
 


A moderated Q&A will follow the discussion. The presentations will be in English, and questions in French are welcome. Attendance is free, but spaces are limited so registration is required. 

 

Click HERE to register.