Think Globally, Act Locally

Ending Hunger in Our Community

Every day too many men and women across the globe struggle to feed their children a nutritious meal. In a world where we produce enough food to feed everyone, 815 million people – one in nine – still go to bed on an empty stomach each night. Even more – one in three – suffer from some form of malnutrition.

Eradicating hunger and malnutrition is one of the great challenges of our time. Not only do the consequences of not enough – or the wrong – food cause suffering and poor health, they also slow progress in many other areas of development like education and employment.

In 2015 the global community adopted the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development to improve people’s lives by 2030. Goal 2 – Zero Hunger – pledges to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture, and is the priority of the World Food Programme.

UN World Food Programme

Here at the Moose Jaw & District Food Bank, we embrace this global initiative in our local vision of ‘Creating a healthy, hunger-free community with adequate, nutritious food that is accessible to all.’ Our Food Bank was founded on October 23, 1984 as a local non-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to providing a collection and redistribution system for surplus and donated food in the region.  Today we serve between 850 and 900 people each month, with 1 in 12 households in our community accessing our services during the year. Nearly half of the people we help feed are children.

The generosity of our donors and our volunteers plays a very important part in helping us to serve the number of families that we do. Together, we support wherever possible local initiatives that seek to end hunger and the root causes of food insecurity in our community. Our Food Bank endeavors to:

  • provide food and assistance, free of charge, to anyone who walks through our doors;
  • provide the healthiest, most nutritious food possible with the resources available to us at any given time;
  • foster mutually beneficial relationships with like-minded individuals and organizations that further our mission and address the root causes of food insecurity;
  • inform, educate, and advocate for our clients on hunger-related issues in a way that restores dignity, reduces stigma, and supports a sustainable community food distribution system; and,
  • act as responsible stewards of our finances and the resources entrusted to us, and within the parameters of a non-profit charitable organization, ensuring the long-term viability and sustainability of our services.

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