Did you know?
851,014 Canadians received help from a food bank in Canada in March 2011 (This is essentially unchanged from 2010, and remains 26% above levels experienced before the 2008-2009 recession).
38% of those receiving food were children and youth under age 18.
47% were women and girls.
4.4% were seniors over age 65, rising to 5.7% in rural areas.
10% self-identified as First Nations, Métis, or Inuit.
11% were immigrants or refugees – increasing to 18.5% in large cities.
In March 2011, 3,177,52 prepared meals were served by organizations across the country – down by 8% compared to 2010, but still 2.8% higher than in 2008.
Persistent levels of poverty, food insecurity, and food bank use suggests that our social policy fundamentals need to be significantly improved. Over the next few years, it is crucial that social policy be a priority at the federal and provincial levels of government – something that we cannot take for granted.
- Food Banks Canada (2011). HungerCount 2011. Toronto: Food Banks Canada.