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Trick or Eat 2015

Collecting Food and Raising Voices Trick or Eat is a youth-led national event that puts a new spin on the annual night of giving – Halloween. Instead of candy, thousands of Trick or Eaters across the country raise money online and go door to door to collect non-perishable food items for local food agencies. We also raise awareness about hunger in Canada through household flyers, educational materials and online resources.

FOOD INSECURITY IN CANADA IS ON THE RISE

1 in 8 Canadian households experience food insecurity, meaning they don't have sufficient access to the food they need to meet their dietary needs.1

1/8 households experience food insecurity

That's 1.7 million households1

Almost 850,000 Canadians receive food from a food bank each month.2 Since 2008, food bank use has increased in every province and territory, except Newfoundland.2 More than a third of those helped by food banks are children.2

THE COST OF HUNGER

Hunger severely impacts health and takes a significant toll on our healthcare system. Healthcare costs are considerably greater for households facing food insecurity than those that are food secure.

23% greater for marginally food-insecure households3 49% greater for moderately food-insecure households3 121% greater for severely food-insecure households3

WHAT WE DO

Collect food for local food agencies Raise money for local community groups Advocate for long-term solutions to hunger
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References
1 Tarasuk, V, Mitchell, A, Dachner, N. (2014). Household food insecurity in Canada, 2012.Toronto: Research to identify policy options to reduce food insecurity (PROOF).Retrieved from http://nutritionalsciences.lamp.utoronto.ca/
2 Hunger Count 2014 - Food Banks Canada
3 Tarasuk, V., Cheng, J., de Oliveira, C., Dachner, N., Gundersen, C., & Kurdyak, P. (2015). Association between household food insecurity and annual health care costs. Canadian Medical Association Journal, cmaj-150234.