Nearly a Million People Rely on Food Banks in Toronto

Nearly a Million People Rely on Food Banks in Toronto

A new report says food bank visits in Toronto have gone up by 14 per cent overall since the 2008 recession, despite economic prosperity in Canada's most populous city.

The annual ``Who's Hungry'' report, compiled by the Daily Bread Food bank and North York Harvest, says higher rents, increased childcare costs, high energy costs and other pressures make it hard for some residents to access food.

The report says 914,000 people visited food banks in the city over the last year, and notes that client visits have been near the one million mark for the last five years.

It also says the majority of food bank clients, 37 per cent, are adults who are older than 45 years of age.

Leaders at the food banks that helped compile the report are calling on all levels of government to create a comprehensive poverty reduction plan.

The report is based on a survey of 1,400 food bank clients and data from food banks across the city.

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