Fair Share Food Services is a group of people dedicated to making sure the low-income people of British Columbia have a good supply of proper nutrition. We work hand-in-hand with other societies that have the same vision to improve access to quality grocery items for seniors, students and low income families.
We now service our clients from Chilliwack to Ladner. We have a network of societies that work with each other to allieviate the pressures of survival in an economy that is profit driven.
Each month, close to 900,000 Canadians are assisted by food banks, and 38% of those helped are children and youth. Since 2008 Food Bank usage is up by 23%, yet last year, 55% of food banks had to cut back on the amount of food provided to each household because of this increased demand
Thirteen percent of Canadians live in a state of food insecurity, which means they do not have reliable access to adequate amounts of safe, good-quality, nutritious food. The root cause of hunger in Canada is low income, which consistently affects more than four million of us at any given time. Our greatest Human strength is that we have compassion for those who are distressed or in need. The time has come for a more collective approach to understanding the scope of the problem & beginning the process of creating a reasonable & achievable solution to this Global problem.
Fairshare Food Services is doing their part to bring change to the system that leaves Canadian citizens behind by pricing basis human needs to only enhance profits. Researchers have found that people who experience food insecurity also tend to report:
- poor or fair health
- poor functional health, or an inability to perform key activities due to health problems
- long-term physical and/or mental disabilities that limit activity at home, work or school
- multiple chronic conditions
- major depression
- a perceived lack of social support, such as someone to confide in, count on, or go to for advice
In many societies, seniors are honoured for the knowledge and wisdom they carry. In our society, they are the forgotten generation, and their plight goes unnoticed by the media, government, and society in general.
The Fairshare Food Services team is a group of individuals that are doing their best to alleviate some of the challenges that low income families, seniors, students and handicapped citizens are faced with, just to be able to have a healthy supply of nutrition.
As with all non-profit organizations, we do not exist without the generosity and support of businesses and the general public. And we cannot forget all our volunteers whose passion for helping others in the lower mainland–we are eternally grateful.
All those who support this cause, whether it is donating food or monetary gifts or volunteering will be published in our website. Accordingly, we encourage and appreciate anything you can do to support this program.
As we have heard so often, the need is great. Unprecedented numbers of people are using food banks today. However, no other group in our society has been more neglected than our seniors and we can’t forget students and the disabled. Those on fixed incomes live at or below the poverty line and are being hit hard with escalating food costs of even the basic items. Peanut Butter for example, has tripled in cost in just 2 years. These people can’t afford these so called “luxury” items. Many go without basic food staples and in turn jeopardize their own health and well being so they can pay their rent.
Therefore, please consider supporting us in any way you think will further this cause and to ensure everybody is entitled to their “Fairshare” .