A new report, released this morning by the Ontario Association of Food Banks, indicates seniors continue to be the fast growing group of users.
Of particular concern is Toronto’s housing crunch. Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank senior manager of research Richard Mattern says after paying the rent, many are left with an average $3.00 a day for other expenses.
Officials at the Toronto Food Bank say they’ve noticed an increase in an older demographic coming through the doors for food, particularly single people who live alone, which includes seniors.
Last year CARP, a new vision of aging, launched the “Heat or Eat” campaign to draw awareness to the plight of older Canadians dealing with sharply rising costs on a fixed income.
Over all slightly fewer people used food banks in the province last year year. Some 335,000 used a food bank monthly in 2016 down from the high registered in 2012, when the number hit 404,000.
The report also indicates more than 33% of people using a food bank in Ontario are under 18 years old.