NEW FOOD BANK REPORT SUGGESTS A 27 PERCENT INCREASE IN USERS WITH JOBS

On this Giving Tuesday, a new report reveals more people with jobs are relying on Food Banks for their groceries.

The report is from Feed Ontario, the organization which oversees Canada’s food banks.

It says the number of people with full or part-time jobs using food banks has jumped 27 per cent over the past three years.

It also says people over the age of 25 and post-secondary graduates are increasingly represented among the provinces’s minimum wage workers.

“Even the smallest donation is so helpful both for our organization and and our local food banks,” Feed Ontario’s Carolyn Stewart told CP24, “For every one dollar donated we can provide the equivalent of three meals for someone in need, and local feed banks are always looking for different forms of support whether you do want to make a food donation, a physical monetary donation or even volunteering your time, or you could even take the smallest time to learn more about hunger in your community and what you can do to help people in need.”

The authors of the report suggest precarious working conditions and labour laws make it harder for people with jobs to make ends meet.

Listen for more on Giving Tuesday and help for food banks on Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer Tuesday after 12:30pm.

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