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Faculty of Social Sciences raises over $3,600 in donations for Hamilton Food Share

This year's food drive shows a tremendous outpouring of support.

Dec 15, 2021

A recently concluded food drive hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) has raised $3,684 in donations for Hamilton Food Share (HFS). Donations included non-perishable food items as well as monetary donations.

Food Drive organizer and Administrator, Department of Anthropology, Delia Hutchinson, is overwhelmed by the outcome.

“We are thrilled by the tremendous outpouring of support for the food drive,” said Hutchinson. “These contributions will go a really long way to provide for the most vulnerable members of our community during the holiday season.”

Each $5 donated to Hamilton Food Share provided $25 worth of food, ensuring that the generous donations made by faculty and staff went even further, bringing the total value worth of FSS food donated to over $18,000.

The food drive followed the publication of findings by researchers in the Department of Economics. Martin Dooley, professor emeritus in the Department of Economics, Arthur Sweetman, professor in the Department of Economics and graduate students, Melanie Yin and Ruby Bokma found that food bank users in Hamilton are struggling significantly more than most low-income residents.

“One-third of low-income households use a food bank at least once a year,” said Dooley. “Income is 40 per cent to 60 per cent lower in food-bank households of all types than in the average low-income family regardless of household size. Hence, food bank users are the poorest of the poor.” 

Their research also showed that many of the supports available to vulnerable populations do not always keep with Canada’s rising cost of living.

Hamilton Food Share provides services to thousands of food-insecure households in Hamilton, and the pandemic has worsened the situation considerably. Researchers noticed an uptick in food bank usage in the month of December, so any support this holiday season is especially appreciated.