Three Myths About Hunger and Poverty To Bust This #HFXBurgerWeek

Submitted by Feed Nova Scotia

In five years, Halifax Burger Week has raised almost $175,000 for our cause. And all of this incredible community support means we’ve distributed over 260,000 meals worth of donated food across the province. Bravo, Halifax! This is huge. Your enthusiasm never ceases to amaze us each year.

 While we’ve got your attention, we hope you’ll take a few minutes to read three myths it’s time to put an end to. Let’s keep the goodwill of Burger Week going and change the conversation about hunger and poverty.

 Myth 1: Food banks are a crutch

Food banks are a lifeline. They are community hubs. People come for food, but can often access a variety of other things like cooking or budgeting classes, gardening, referrals to other organizations, and parenting support. For some, it’s as simple as meeting a caring person who will be a listening ear.  Food banks don’t provide a hand out, they provide a hand up.

Myth 2: Too many people abuse the system.  

People reach out because they need help. There’s a misconception that some people are living large, visiting countless food banks, and saving hundreds of dollars each month on groceries. Nothing could be further from the truth. People access assistance because they are in dire need. If someone is visiting more than one food bank, it’s because they really need the food. They aren’t hatching an elaborate scheme to cheat the system. They’re just trying to feed themselves or their family.

Myth 3: You can’t put a dent in poverty.

You can. And we won’t stop trying. Poverty isn’t inevitable. Everyone has the right to food, shelter, and a life of dignity. With the right resolve, we can make it happen. Take the time to learn about the issues. Read the reports. Listen to the stories of people who are living it every day. Start a dialogue about hunger and poverty with those in your life, and speak up when you hear these myths being perpetuated. Tell your elected official to make hunger and poverty a priority. Help remove the stigma and open the door to change.