Food bank reliance in Ontario is spreading to a new territory. A new report by Feed Ontario shows food bank usage has increased across the province, including what the organization is calling a “concerning” number of people with full or part-time employment.
Feed Ontario’s annual hunger report shows that over the past three years, those with employment income who access food banks have increased by 27 per cent.
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A total of 510,438 Ontarians visited food banks across the province. That figure is more than 3,059,000 times compared to the 2018 report — an increase of 8,848 more people.
27 % increase in the proportion of adults with employment income accessing Ontario’s food banks
Feed Ontario believes that this is a result of a number of changes to Ontario’s workforce, including: changes to types of jobs available to working-age adults, changes to Ontario’s labour laws, and changes to Ontario’s social assistance and worker support programs.
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