Every day across Hamilton, hundreds of individuals turn to local food banks in order to get their necessary meals. The age demographic has always been rather consistent, yet over the last few years we have been seeing a spike in food bank use by our senior population. This highlights a growing issue across the country, where our seniors are finding themselves less capable of depending on their pension, savings or otherwise, leaving them looking for alternatives when it comes to food acquisition for their daily needs.
One of the issues that lies at the core of this problem is the fact that inflation is a constant, whereas pensions and the required savings are not. It can be easy to have a financial goal in mind today for where you want to be five years down the road, yet if you form the basis of that figure on our current financial situation in the country, you will arrive at the end of that five year goal only to see that costs of living have continued to rise during that time, leaving you less than you initially thought.
This is the issue that were seeing with senior citizens across the Hamilton area, as the number of individuals showing up on a daily basis has substantially grown over the last two years. This not only presents an issue when it comes to ensuring that food banks are properly stocked to serve the individuals who require it but also that our senior population is in a position where they need to rely on these ends. With ever-growing costs in senior related care, constantly raising prices when it comes to shopping and other spending necessities, it puts an individual in a rather tough position.
It can be difficult to understand the best courses of action to take in order to provide a better situation to our elderly residents across the country and it can be doubly hard to find a better source of donation and funding for our various food banks, but if the issue is not addressed sooner, the issue will only compound later. They can be difficult for those who have spent their entire lives in a state of independence only to find themselves incapable of being able to cover their own daily needs and more needs to be done in order to provide support.
It’s never a situation that can be remedied overnight but bringing the necessary attention to food shortages amongst our senior citizens is something that needs to be done, not only as a means of caring for our fellow Hamilton citizens but also in demonstrating what it is to be Canadian at the core. We always want to ensure that everybody within the city and across the country has the access necessary to what they need to live and when issues such as pension shortages and savings changes are at the heart of the problem, it’s time to rethink the solution.