Where There is Poverty, There are Hungry Children

NOTE: This is a guest post from Kristy Taylor, Executive Director at Show Kids You Care. Kristy knows from personal experience what it feels like to not have enough food at home. Inspired from her past, she now leads the organization with passion and courage.

When you go to bed at night what do you think about before falling into sleep? Do you think about whether you remembered to let the dog out, or if you confirmed tomorrow’s coffee with a friendly face? Do you think about the things you’re looking forward to or the happy memories you have made? Do you think about work which remains unfinished?

I know that every night before I go to sleep there are many thoughts of my family’s well-being, and of others who might be struggling in greater ways than I have known. In a letter from one of our program partners I recently received, a five year-old with two younger siblings and a pregnant mom told the coordinator, “I love coming here and having milk with my cereal, at home we have it with water.”

Another child, in the same program told a volunteer that he had never tasted an orange before attending the breakfast program. He now loves oranges so much he asks his mother to buy them.

I hear these kinds of stories all the time. Hunger has so many faces, some even hidden, but these faces belonging to hungry children obviously exist when we consider Canada’s high rate of child poverty, and that over 850,000 monthly food bank users in Canada are children (Food Banks Canada).

It’s these children, who with your help, Show Kids You Care (SKYC) is able to reach out to. Food provides the opportunity for potential to be realized, and for the development of healthy bodies and minds.

Show Kids You Care
leads a national network of 500 breakfast clubs, lunch programs, snack programs, and after school meal programs for kids living in poverty in Canada. We operate in 150 communities throughout the country. Volunteers help buy groceries, make meals, and feed precious kids.

Photo courtesy of Show Kids You Care. Children in the photos participate in the SKYC network of programs.

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Shawn O' Malley
Shawn O' Malley3 years ago

A vote for the GOP is a vote for the 1% to continue the exploitation of the poor overworked underpaid American. Vote Obama.

Terry Vanderbush
Terry V.3 years ago

nice article, but wish you would address the hungry seniors also

Cate S.
Cate S.3 years ago

Thank you Emily & Kristy.

Glenna Jones-kachtik
Glenna Kachtik3 years ago

Human beings are omnivores. Some people eat meat. Some people choose not to. Some can drink milk & some cannot. Why is it that vegetarians feel the great need for all to change to their way of eating?

It isn't just a matter of factory farming for meat - factory farms are just as bad with vegetables. People should be able to choose what they want to eat. No matter if you are vegetarian or omnivore, you should know where your vegetables, your meat & your dairy products come from. You should be concerned with how it gets to your table & whether the workers were paid a fair wage.

june t.
june t.3 years ago

thanks for the article

Debbie L.
Debbie Lim3 years ago

I'm glad such programs exist. Thanks for the article.

Sandra L.
Sandra L.3 years ago

This is the very reason that we make weekly donations of healthy child friendly items to the food bank.

Sandra L.
Sandra L.3 years ago

Lucy, Canada is not socialist, it is a democracy.

Tierney G.
Tierney G.3 years ago

Steve R you obviously eat meat from tortured animals? What a black heart fake life-person just like all of your kind.

Steve R.
Steve R.3 years ago

Anyone that would deny a hungry child milk because they have some bleeding heart crap about "murder and torture" in their impoverished brains, should be ashamed!

Not all milk is the result of "murder and torture". Oh you didn't know? You couldn't see further than the factory farms huh?


And if milk is "for calves only", then why can a variety of animals feed young ones of another species?

Of course, Jamie C has the perfect answer - kill 'em all before they're born.

Good one Jamie!