Hunger in Canada: Abandoning the Right to Food

  • Graham Riches


The problem of hunger in Canada in the 1990s is persistent and seemingly intractable. Food banks brought the issue to public attention in the early 1980s. Yet a decade earlier poverty had been rediscovered in Canada (Senate, 1971) and in 1977 the People’s Food Commission was formed in response to escalating food prices and the suffering and misery of low-income Canadians. Yet despite all that has been written and said in the intervening years about unemployment, child poverty and welfare reform, hunger continues to grow. Indeed, to the extent that charity has attempted to meet the needs of hungry people, hunger has been depoliticized and ignored by the state. Federal and provincial governments have deliberately turned a blind eye.


Food Security Food Insecurity Provincial Government Social Assistance Unemployment Insurance 
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© Graham Riches 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Graham Riches
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  1. 1.University of Northern British ColumbiaPrince GeorgeCanada

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