With some spare time between the joys of back-to-school and the horrors of Halloween Canadians are free to discover the country’s food bank activity. For Greater Toronto a decline in the core for food bank visits is seen. An incredible 45% increase ( since 2008 ) for the inner suburbs reflects the harsh dynamics of real estate inflation and income inequality here. Women and children rely more heavily on food assistance, as they have in the past. Further recognition arrives this year of those who regularly do without for a full day each week. Truly, this is something our system produces.
Who’s Hungry 2015
Toronto food bank report highlights nationwide problem
yahoo.ca with CBC video 1:58
Hunger in Toronto is a tale of two cities. Food bank use in Toronto continues to rise in the city’s inner suburbs and drop downtown, according to Daily Bread Food Bank’s annual report
Toronto’s food banks see rising demand in inner suburbs
Suburban poverty has arrived in Toronto, food bank data shows
Food banks have been part of life here for three decades now.
Maybe we have never seen them properly.
Going hungry: digesting Canada’s food security problem
globalnews.ca – see hyperlinks
Shut up and take my money! Or, why cash transfers aren’t a silver bullet for food banks
rabble.ca – end of a three-part series by Jesse Bauman
image: Roadside pictures via Flickr/CC
Here is a link to an item on the Homeless Hub. Its author, Emma Woolley, works over the practical realities of food help in Canada to good effect.
Are grocery cards a better approach than food banks in solving food insecurity?
image: Alamance County Public Libraries via Flickr/CC
Food bank use by university students is the subject of this item from the University of Toronto publication The Varsity. Being a post secondary student isn’t cheap and there’s always been a low rent element in student life. But this recent data indicates a higher level of sacrifice and difficulty is now attached to getting further education than was the case in the past.
Food bank usage among students increasing: report. Eight per cent of annual food bank users in Ontario are senior citizens, students
Parking tickets in Lexington, Kentucky can be paid with food bank donations. Fantastic!
Lexington residents can pay parking tickets with food donations Washington Post
image: Leslie Seaton via Wikimedia Commons
Snow banks, big banks and food banks. Yeah, that’s about it for you, Canada.
Food banks were meant to be temporary. So why are they growing?
Head of London food bank and former MP Glen Pearson reflects on the Hunger Count 2013 report available HERE as a .pdf file.
To the media’s credit, Canada’s annual food bank usage statistics are picked up widely. Yes, it is that time of year, again. Are we going for a million, Canada?
Food Bank Canada report: number of Canadians in need of help ‘alarmingly’ high. Study highlights factors driving 840,000 Canadians to seek assistance