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Poll Finds Large Portion of Canadians Face Difficulty Meeting Food Needs

A recent poll has found that about 60% of Canadians are having a difficult time facing their food needs and for their families.

Inflation is becoming an issue that is more frequently talked about in Canadian politics it seems these days, as prices have been increased for food around the country and more items and services.

The cost of living has gone up for Canadians and this makes it more difficult to buy the things which are needed, unless Canadians are also given a raise or see an increase in earnings to be able to keep up with that rate of inflation.

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The cost of living in Canada has been increasing at a faster pace than that which has been seen in several decades and around the country food banks have been preparing for that increase in demand.

Those food banks and other community resources were already struggling throughout the pandemic with an increase in demand as well.

The increased cost of living connected with inflation is expected to continue to increase that pressure on those services.

Millions of Canadians struggle with their food needs and their housing costs and today inflation is an important issue with many voters around the country.

Highest inflation in Canada Seen in almost 2 decades.

Inflation in Canada has recently reached an 18 year high.

Canadians have already started trying to tackle that increase in prices with things like couponing, looking for sales, buying off brand, buying in bulk, and other strategies.

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60% of Canadians Struggle to Afford Food

If it is roughly accurate that this many Canadians might be struggling to afford food, according to that recently released poll, then that means there are tens of millions of Canadians who could be food insecure.

Canadians have been talking about inflation more frequently and raising concerns for that rising cost of living, and sharing they have also been sharing grocery-saving tips online with social media.

Struggling with Gas and Groceries

Canadians are struggling with the rising cost of gas and groceries and that means that low income families are also, experts suggest, more likely to be the hardest hit by these changes.

Food insecurity has impacted millions of Canadians for years and inflation is not expected to make things any easier on that front.

With food banks already having struggled to meet demand due to an increase in demand because of the pandemic it is clear that there is more need for resources to help meet that need for communities around BC and elsewhere.

Previously, studies have found that cost of living can possibly impact student achievement, and many people view the rising cost of living as a threat to their financial security.

Multiple polls and surveys have found that for Canadians this rising cost of living is starting to get to them and the more that Canadians struggle financially this will continue to be an important voting issue.

In the recent election it was seen that the cost of living was more important with many voters than the pandemic itself. Canadians who are concerned about the cost of living are worried about what the future might look like.

Trudeau has recently faced tough questions on inflation and so long as the problem persists we can expect this to continue to be the case.

Canadian Egg Farmers Donate

Canadians and different organizations and companies have come out during the pandemic to give back to their communities.

With more Canadians facing hard times and food insecurity there is an increased demand for food bank services and other charitable organizations that are helping meet those needs for Canadians.

Just recently, Egg Farmers of Canada announced that they were going to be making a contribution of 3.5 million local eggs to food banks around the nation. This will have a great impact on those organizations that are looking to help keep Canadians fed.

A Need For More Help

Food Banks often are in need of more fresh produce options and nutrient dense foods. Things like eggs, milk, yogurt, and other items might not be given that often to help meet the need that is there for Canadian communities.

Some food banks have previously discouraged sending in items such as expired food products which can ultimately waste resources and will only be disposed of.

Those items which have been in higher demand are food donations like canned meat or fish, pasta, rice, canned vegetables, and other items that are lower sodium, low sugar, high protein, and whole grain.

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