Even as the economy recovers, food bank visits remain at unacceptable levels. Too many people are still going hungry too much of the time.
Hunger can mean not being able to afford to eat enough food or have nutritiously balanced meals. Hunger affects all types of households, whether they are families with children or single persons.
- 46% of adults have not eaten for a day because of lack of money
- 40% of adults go hungry at least once per week
- 36% of food bank clients are children
- 19% of children go hungry at least once per week
- 43% of adults often could not afford to eat balanced meals
WHAT CAUSES HUNGER IN ONTARIO?
Most people in Ontario go hungry due to a lack of income. There are many factors that push people into a poverty trap. One of the largest barriers that keeps people trapped in this cycle of poverty is the cost of housing.
- 41% of new clients lost their job or have reduced hours
- 67% of clients are receiving social assistance
- 45% of clients are single persons
- 46% of clients have a disability
JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST HUNGER.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Learn more about the proposed Ontario Housing Benefit and other information on poverty and hunger.
Show your support. Add your name to the call for an Ontario Housing Benefit.
Share this information with friends, family and neighbours. As we approach the upcoming provincial election, tell your provincial candidate that poverty and hunger are issues that matter to you. Ask them to support an Ontario Housing Benefit as well.
SUPPORT AN ONTARIO HOUSING BENEFIT
There is still a long way to go in the fight against hunger. While people can eat less food when money is tight, they cannot pay less rent. The high cost of housing is a key barrier to escaping poverty for food bank clients.
An Ontario Housing Benefit would be a big first step in the fight against hunger and supports the goals of a longterm affordable housing strategy and poverty reduction.
RELEASE OF WHO’S HUNGRY 2011 PROFILE OF HUNGER IN THE GTA
Every year, with the assistance of volunteers, Daily Bread Food Bank conducts a survey across the GTA of people who use food banks. The surveys were completed with the cooperation of Daily Bread member agencies and regional partners: The Mississauga Food Bank, North York Harvest Food Bank, York Region Food Network and Feed the Need in Durham. This snapshot here is just that – some statistical highlights from the 2011 survey to provide you with a brief picture of poverty and hunger in the GTA. This year, we will be releasing the full report on the results of the survey on September 21, 2011 at the launch of Daily Bread’s Fall Drive. The report is a much more in-depth look at not just who is hungry, but why and how we can continue to fight hunger in our communities.
Hunger Snapshot 2011 was written and designed by Daily Bread Food Bank’s Research and Communications Team: Richard Matern, Sarah Anderson, Melissa Mascarin and Jessica Laplante.
The printing of the Hunger Snapshot has been generously sponsored by MacLaser Printing Inc.: