A smidgen of good news on food bank use in Ontario: a slight drop in the number of users. The ‘hydro or food’ angle in this latest report from the Ontario Association of Food Banks was picked up in Orangeville, Sarnia, Guelph, Woodstock, the GTA, Hamilton, Parry Sound, Flamborough, Sault Ste. Marie, Belleville, London, the Kawarthas, North Bay, Ottawa, Niagara Region, Brant, Perth, Simcoe, Ingersoll, Cambridge, the Muskokas, Durham Region, you know, pretty much the entire province.
We’ve marked several Hungercounts now. A grim but important indicator of where we are in regard to food and food banks.
See also: (72) Foodbankistan
Toronto’s major food bank and other agencies mark the arrival of autumn with an annual report on hunger.
(link to 19-page .pdf)
New work from University of Toronto indicates a not inconsiderable peril for the health of the GTA’s children.
Toronto’s growing food insecurity crisis. With the latest research showing one in eight households in the city experiencing food insecurity, food banks are busier than ever
image: Toronto archives via Flickr/CC
The grocery bill is clearly hitting Canadians harder with a knock-down effect on what is available to charitable organizations.
Canadian food banks fear perfect storm from rising produce prices Canadian Press/CTV
‘Conscious cruelty’: Ken Loach’s shock at benefit sanctions and food banks.‘ Hunger is being used as a weapon,’ says veteran director, calling for public rage over situation he says is worse than when he made Cathy Come Home in 1966
image: Willwal via Wikimedia Commons/CC
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
Toronto’s food banks see rising demand in inner suburbs
Suburban poverty has arrived in Toronto, food bank data shows
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