Food Bank Use Hits Record High in Ontario
Over 130 hampers provided to families accessing the Acton Foodshare food bank every month.

Acton, December 3rd, 2012 – A new report released today by the Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) revealed alarming new data: food bank use in Ontario has hit an all-time high, with over 412,000 Ontarians accessing food support and hunger-relief programs every month.

In this community there are over 69 children and 142 adults accessing our food bank every month. More than 50 % need to visit the food bank a second time each month. Since April 1st 2012 Acton Foodshare has provided over 960 Hampers. This represents a 10% increase over the same period in 2011. In the last three months we have given out 330 Hampers representing a 15% increase over the same period in 2011.

The Ontario Association of Food Banks is continuing to pursue the recommendations for change that it made in its 2011 Hunger Report, including: increased access to affordable healthy food, advocating for a housing benefit for low income individuals, a tax credit for farmers, and a push for the Ontario government to address the root causes of hunger by implementing policy changes that will lead to long-term sustainable solutions, and ultimately make food banks unnecessary.

“Every day there are children going to school without breakfast, adults working through the day without lunch, and seniors going to bed without dinner, simply because they cannot afford food to eat,” says Bill Laidlaw, Executive Director of the Ontario Association of Food Banks. “It is our hope that you will help us by speaking to your local MPPs and asking them to put hunger on the agenda, as well as by supporting your local food bank. In this province, and in this country, hunger and access to healthy food should not be an issue.”

The Ontario Hunger Report is a compilation of data collected through the annual HungerCount report of Food Banks Canada. The full report is available online at www.OAFB.ca.