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News Conference Advisory – HungerCount 2012 will show hundreds of thousands continue to struggle with hunger

Ottawa, Oct. 25, 2012 – Food Banks Canada will release the findings of its HungerCount 2012 study next week.

HungerCount, initiated in 1989, is the only comprehensive annual national report on hunger and food bank use in Canada.

This year’s study provides national and provincial/territorial data that reveal new information about people needing help from food banks.

News media are invited to attend a news conference about the results of the study:

Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Time: 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time

Where: Charles Lynch Room (130S), Centre Block, Parliament Buildings, Ottawa

Who:
Katharine Schmidt, Executive Director, Food Banks Canada;
Philippe Ozga, Manager of Government Relations, Food Banks Canada.

The study is available to news media under an embargo that will end at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time, October 30, 2012. To request an embargoed copy, please email [email protected], indicating that you accept the embargo conditions.

Food Banks Canada is the national charitable organization representing the food bank community across Canada. Our Members, Affiliate Member food banks, and their respective agencies serve approximately 85% of people accessing emergency food programs nationwide. We conduct research, engage in public education and advocate for public policy change to address the causes of hunger and low income in Canada. More information can be found online at www.foodbankscanada.ca.

For further information:

Media contacts: Marzena Gersho, Food Banks Canada at (416) 203-9241, ext. 228, mobile (647) 242-5919, [email protected] or Jean-Paul Brasseur at (613) 830-4766, mobile (613) 724-0412, [email protected].

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