More People Need Food While Fewer People Can Donate

Feed Ontario has released it’s annual Hunger Report which measures food bank use Five million people visited foods banks across the province between April 1, 2022 and March 31, 2023. One in 6 identified as having a job.

Sadly, food bank visits have increased at the same time people’s ability to give has declined.

Food bank use remains at an all-time high with this year marking the seventh consecutive year of food bank use increases.
These numbers translate to local food banks.

On the show today are Carolyn Stewart CEO of Feed Ontario and Christine Clark-Lafleur CEO of Port Cares and a member of Feed Niagara.

Facts from the 2023 Hunger Report:

800,822 adults and children accessed a food bank in Ontario between April 1, 2022, and March 31, 2023 – an increase of 38% over last year and 60% over pre-pandemic levels.

Ontario’s food banks were visited 5,888,685 times throughout the year, an increase of 36% over last year and 101% over pre-pandemic levels.

More than 1 in 6 food bank visitors cited employment as their primary source of income, an 82% increase over 2016-17 and a 37% increase over the previous year.