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Hunger Awareness Index

Percentage change between 2000 and 2014 in the average cost of food worldwide: +123
Amount of food produced worldwide that is consumed by humans: 1/2
Number of people worldwide who eat edible insects: 2 billion +
Number of Nelson households that live below the Low Income Tax Measure Threshold: 1 in 5
Total # of food bank visits at the Nelson Food Cupboard, Salvation Army and St. Saviour’s Food Pantry in 2013: 20,596
Percentage of people served that were children: 20
Population of Nelson growth rate projection change between 2013 and 2018: +4.3
Population of Nelson growth rate projection change for age 65+ between 2013 and 2018: +21.4
Population of Nelson growth rate projection change for age 85+ between 2013 and 2018: +21.2
Average number of lunches served per month at Our Daily Bread soup kitchen: 1,624
Percentage of people served that were seniors: 18
Number of children the Salvation Army provides with school lunches per month: 149
Number of days longer the Creston growing season is now compared with 100 years ago: 25
Average household food expenditures in BC communities the size of Nelson in 2010: $6,843
Total amount West Kootenay residents spend on food annually: $266 million
Estimated percentage of food consumed in the West Kootenay that is locally produced: 5
Percentage of Nelson Food Cupboard customers who receive a long term disability pension as the form of income: 35
Percentage who work full-time, part-time or seasonally: 19
Percentage who work full-time and are still unable to meet their basic food needs: 3
Percentage of Nelson Food Cupboard customers who have lived in the Nelson area for more than five years: 75
Percentage who have lived in the Nelson area for more than ten years: 61
Percentage of Nelson Food Cupboard customers who feel the food they pick up at the Food Cupboard positively contributes to their health: 96
Percentage who say picking up five or more fresh produce items per person per visit is important to them: 97
Kootenay percentage of total yield of BC strawberries in 1913: 35.2
Year Kaslo cherry growers won first prize in the agricultural contest in London, England: 1909

Sources: 1, 2, 3 – Food and Agriculture Organization; 4, 5, 6 – 6th Annual Report Card on Homelessness for Nelson BC, June, 2014; 7, 8, 9 – Interior Health Authority’s Nelson Local Health Area Profile; 10, 11 – Our Daily Bread; 12 – Salvation Army; 13, 14 – Rural Development Institute; 15, 16 – Towards a Regional Food System Alliance Development Strategy for the West Kootenay, Jon Steinman, 2011; 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 – Nelson Food Cupboard Survey; 24, 25 – Lost Orchards, Joan Lang, 2003.