Hunger: It is the untold story of the Recession.

As governments begin "tightening their belts," we must make sure the story is told now, before they make the problem much, much worse. 

We can't afford to be silent any longer.

On November 23, 2010 the Recession Relief Coalition convened a Hunger Inquiry at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Toronto. 

The aims of the Hunger Inquiry were to: a) identify the reasons why people aren't able to access enough of the nutritious food needed to maintain and enhance their physical and mental health; b) to gather evidence attesting to the problems that arise from hunger and malnourishment; c) to produce a report that includes recommendations for action to address the many issues raised through the Inquiry; and to d) mobilize a broad base of allies in efforts to address hunger and related issues.

Over the course of the day, more than 30 expert witnesses--front line workers, social service agency staff, academics, community leaders, and people directly affected by hunger--provided testimony to the Hunger Inquiry's expert panel attesting to Toronto’s worsening hunger problem. 

An audience of hundreds listened as witnesses identified growing poverty as the key reason for growing hunger in Toronto. Witnesses expressed frustration with government inaction and woefully inadequate policies and programs and also articulated fears that austerity measures being considered by all levels of government would create more hunger and worsen conditions for those already struggling to get enough to eat.

The Hunger Inquiry's Expert Panel, selected for their knowledge of hunger and poverty, are*:

Joshna MaharajChef, Food Activist

Jim StanfordEconomist, C.A.W.

Dr. Gary BlochFamily Doctor

Linda ChamberlainCommunity Advocate

Toni Panzuto: FoodShare Program Facilitator

Bruce McLeodFormer Moderator, United Church of Canada 

*For more information about our panelists, please click and download our Media Backgrounder.

Panelists released a set of recommendations based on the evidence presented by witnesses during the November 23rd Inquiry.  A report of the proceedings is now available and is being widely distributed so that organizations will be able to use it as a resource to support their food security & anti-poverty advocacy work.  

The Inquiry's longer-term goal is to encourage further organized action around the issues highlighted by the report.

In an attempt to keep governments accountable to those affected by the recession and to protect and/or increase government supports, the Recession Relief Coalition has spent the past year-and-a-half working to document and publicize the real impact of the recession on Canadians and the organizations that serve them.  The Hunger Inquiry is the Coalition's latest initiative in pursuit of this objective.  



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March 3, 2010

Recession Relief Coalition Releases
"Hunger Crisis: Report of the Hunger Inquiry"

Media Coverage:

Hunger Crisis In Canada Needs Immediate Attention
Michelle Rosa, Newstalk 1010: March 3, 2011

Ming Pao: March 3, 2011

Nearly One Million Visits to Toronto Food Banks in 2010
680News staff: March 3, 2011

December 19, 2010


 November 23, 2010 Hunger Inquiry Coverage:

Listen to CBC Radio 1's coverage of the Hunger Inquiry:

Hunger Inquiry - Metro Morning.MP3




 Ren Adams and The Daily Bread Food Bank's Richard Matern provide testimony at the Hunger Inquiry:

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