The Kent Federation of Agriculture recognized Food Freedom Day by co-ordinating local food donations to both the Salvation Army and Outreach for Hunger in Chatham-Kent.
Food Freedom Day is the day when the average Canadian has earned enough income to pay his or her grocery bill for the entire year.
This year’s day was on Feb. 8.
The KFA says this occasion is something that Canadians should celebrate; only 39 days into the New Year and Canadians have earned enough income for their entire year’s grocery bill.
In a news release, the KFA notes that Canadians are fortunate to be able to celebrate this day much earlier than many other countries.
“Safe healthy food is one of the most important things in a person’s life and Canadians are very fortunate to enjoy this luxury,” said KFA officials. “It seems as long as safe, high quality, affordable food keeps showing up on grocery store shelves there is nothing to be concerned about. Don’t be fooled. Canadians need to do their part in order to keep our local farmers viable. Buying local is a perfect way to do this.”
Since Canadians are fortunate to celebrate Food Freedom Day so early in the year the KFA wanted to share with those in need.