Nov 17, 2015

By April Anderson

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A new report indicates food bank use is on the rise among seniors and children.  And, Food Banks Canada is using its annual report to renew its push for federal and provincial governments to do away with the social assistance programs.

The group wants to see tax measures that would put more money into the hands of low-income earners.

The group’s executive director says in the end we would create a basic, minimum income for those living near or below the poverty line and would likely save money for governments.

Katherine Schmidt says the move could also reduce the number of people using food banks, which this year crept up by about one per cent to more than 852-thousand dollars.
The report this year found that almost 36 per cent of users, were children and indicates more seniors on pensions and people in receipt of disability benefits also used food banks.
The biggest provincial increase was in Alberta while food bank use in Saskatchewan stayed flat while Ontario, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador saw year-over-year declines.
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