Kelly is a single mother, one among the hundreds of thousands of working-poor Canadians who simply can’t afford to put nutritious food on their tables.

The Nova Scotia mother of eight children – four of whom are at home and range in age from three to 11 – earns $11 an hour, which is 60 cents above the province’s minimum wage, at her 33-hour-a-week job at a daycare in her community.

“It is hard to keep things going,” she says. “I don’t think you know stress [like this]. I’ll dish out their food and … when they are done eating, if there is enough food left over, then okay, I get supper. If not then it might be picking off of their plate, but that’s how it’s always been with me since I’ve had kids. I’d rather see the kids eat, and me go without than for them to still be hungry.”