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News Conference Advisory – HungerCount 2013 will show hundreds of thousands of Canadians struggling to afford the most basic needs

OTTAWA, Oct. 31, 2013 – Food Banks Canada will release the findings of its HungerCount 2013 study next week.

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

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, November 5, 2013
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, November 5, 2013. To request an embargoed copy, please email [email protected], indicating that you accept the embargo conditions.

Food Banks Canada supports a unique network of over 3,000 food-related organizations in every province and territory. Together our network shares over 200 million pounds of essential, safe, quality food annually, provides social programs that help to foster self-sufficiency, and advocates for policy change that will help create a Canada where no one goes hungry. Visit www.foodbankscanada.ca for more information.

Media contacts: Marzena Gersho, Food Banks Canada at (905) 602-5234, 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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