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Food Insecurity

No one should ever be forced to choose between nutritious food and other essential needs. Yet, with inflation and rising living expenses impacting everyone, those living in poverty are hit the hardest. Your donations to United Way Halton & Hamilton support programs and services that provide nutritious food to those in need, so they live healthy, active lives and ultimately thrive.

Food Insecurity

Why We Need You

Not having enough money to afford food goes beyond simply feeling hungry. When individuals and families struggle to find safe and healthy housing and enough food, it hinders their ability to pursue education and training that could lead to stable and independent livelihoods. The current economic crisis, with increasing rent prices and soaring inflation and food costs, is affecting more and more households. Many people are finding themselves relying on food banks for the first time. Together, we can work to alleviate food insecurity for everyone in our community.

About 60% of people experiencing food insecurity have jobs. Two-thirds of respondents to a Feed Ontario survey indicated they have less than $100 per month ($3.33 per day) after paying for housing and utilities.


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Building on last year’s overwhelming support of our Founding Circle donors, we are excited to announce the 2024 Local Love Community Match. This is YOUR unique opportunity to join a generous group, helping to build this year’s Campaign Match. Reach out to learn how YOU can inspire positive change for the community! 


Brings $625 worth of groceries to households across Halton and Hamilton.


Allows 45 households for one week to access to healthy fresh food.


Supports food delivery for four months for 500 seniors per month.

Changing lives. Together.

These are challenging times, but together, we are ensuring that those in need have access to the help they deserve today, while building a better tomorrow – for everyone.

As a young child, I endured both physical and sexual abuse that scarred me deeply. By the time I was a teenager, I was trapped in a cycle of trauma...

“I started my relationship with the agency four years ago. I was attending a program to learn about computers and someone suggested I could have lunch at the senior’s centre...
“I was raised in a small village and when I moved to the big city, you’d rarely find a soul who was willing to give a hand. That’s what makes...
“I am known around the community centre as ‘grandma.’ Everyone calls me that, even other seniors, and I love it. It started with my grandkids calling me grandma and then...
It’s a typical Monday morning. It’s time for school, but for many children, they are heading to a place of earning with empty tummies because there are no groceries in...
“Becoming homeless was really stressful. The first time I really didn’t have anywhere to stay, I spent he night on the shores of a lake in my neighbourhood. I didn’t...

Are you or someone you know needing support?

Reach out by dialing 211—a free, confidential, 24/7 service available nationwide in Canada. Accessible in over 150 languages via phone, web, and text, 211 connects individuals to the appropriate information and services. Every day, this helpline offers a lifeline to care and resources for those in vulnerable circumstances, including seniors, newcomers, Indigenous communities, and beyond.