REPORT: 1.99M VISITS TO FOOD BANKS IN TORONTO PAST 12 MONTHS
Nov 14, 2022
By Bob Komsic
A just released report shows there have been 1.99-million visits to food banks in the city with demand projected to top 2-million for 2022.
The ”Who’s Hungry” report, prepared by the Daily Bread Food Bank and North York Harvest Food Bank, is a profile of food insecurity in Toronto.
”Month after month, we keep seeing the impact of insufficient incomes, combined with inflation and rising costs of living, lead to record-breaking numbers,” says Neil Hetherington, CEO of the Daily Bread Food Bank.
”The need for food banks is at crisis levels with no signs of slowing down. Food banks are seeing more new clients each month, and those visiting are experiencing severe levels of food insecurity. On average, they are also younger and more likely to be employed.”
The report found about four-in-ten (39%) of food bank clients report they don’t have anyone in their lives to count on in times of need – five times higher than the general population at 8%.
The portion of seniors who are clients has risen from one-in-ten to one-in-six.
Just over one-quarter (29%) of seniors reported they sometimes/often did not have enough food to eat.
Nearly nine-in-ten (87%) of seniors reported living in housing considered unaffordable.
”I can’t afford three meals a day because of the cost,” says one respondent.
”If it were not for the food bank, I would not be able to make it; it would be 8-10 days without food per month.”