Nov 14, 2023
By Christine Ross
A new report on food insecurity in Toronto finds the problem has gone from bad to worse.
There’s been an increase of more than one million visits to food banks just in the past year – the highest ever increase ever recorded.
In its annual WHO’S HUNGRY report, the Daily Bread and North York Harvest Food Banks finds one-in-ten people in Toronto rely on food banks.
CEO of the Daily Bread Food Bank Neil Hetherington says if demand remains high, there could be 3 million visits to food banks by the end of the year.
“The fastest growing number of individuals who are coming to food banks have employment as their primary source of income and so it’s individuals who are cobbling together part time jobs,” said Hetherinton. “We saw that number more than double over the past year, we’re adding 12,000 Toronto residents to the registry of food banks every single month and the majority are people who are employed.”
Officials say demand is being drive by a number of economic factors including high costs for housing and groceries.