The facts about food insecurity:
Thirteen percent of Canadians live in a state of food insecurity,
which means they do not have reliable access to adequate
amounts of safe, good-quality, nutritious food. The root cause of
hunger in Canada is low income, which consistently affects more
than four million of us at any given time.
Food banks are an important method of addressing this need.
Each month, over 850,000 people in Canada turn to food banks
for help; more than one-third are children and youth.
The people who visit food banks come from all backgrounds.
They include families with children, employed people whose low
wages do not cover basic living essentials, individuals on social
assistance, and Canadians living on a fixed income, including
seniors and people with disabilities
The Local Picture
Food Banks Canada compile a Hunger Count all across
our country in March of every year. Our Hunger Count
taken in March 2017 showed that we served 721
individuals in that month. 33% of those served were
children ages 0 to 17. 66% were adults.
637 hampers distributed.
THE PEOPLE WHO WE SERVE:
18 % are single parent families
15% are two-parent families
12% are couples with no children
49% single people
4% own their own home
56% are rental market tenants
29% are social housing tenants
11% live in band-owned housing, are people living on the street
and in shelters, and people living with family and friends
Primary Source of Income:
17% Employed with full-time income
5% Employment Insurance
25% Social Assistance
25% Disability-related income support
18% Other (student loans, no income, other income)