2017 Annual Report Highlights

In 2017 Gleaners Food Bank assisted 3002 families, 9588 adults, 5500 children, 904 seniors and 799 students. Gleaners distributed 6830 hampers in total.

Michaelangelo’s Café served 38,500 hot and cold refreshments, 12,100 sandwiches and 18,000 bread and pastry items. This service is open to the public, accessible during regular food bank operating hours and is free of charge.

Gleaners Distribution Centre operating out of St. Matthew’s United Church distributed food to: 954 families, 1786 adults, 1235 children and 542 individuals.

Gleaners Tri-County Warehouse distributed over 230,000 KGS of food to the Quinte Regions including: Food Banks, Meal Programs and Non-Profit Agencies.

For the full detailed report please download Gleaners Food Bank Annual Report 2017

Ontario Association of Food Banks Annual Hunger Count Report

2017 Hunger Report Highlights and Trends

  • Hunger by the Numbers
    • 499,415 people accessed food banks in Ontario between April 1st, 2016 and March 1st, 2017, with 33 per cent (or 166,703) being children
    • 50 per cent of food bank clients visited three times or less over the course of a year
    • 50 per cent of households served by food banks identified as single person households
  •  Affordable Housing and Insufficient Social Assistance Rates
    • 90 per cent of food bank clients are either rental or social housing tenants
    • 68 per cent of clients cite social or income assistance as their primary source of income
    • Ontario Works provides individuals with $721 per month, Ontario Disability Support Program provides $1,151 per month. In a sample of ten cities, the average one-bedroom apartment would require between 70 to over 100 per cent of this monthly income.
    • 45 per cent of food bank clients (224,736) have less than $100 left each month after basic expenses have been paid
    • 171,000 households are currently on Ontario’s affordable housing wait list, with 32 per cent being seniors. The wait time is approximately four years.
    • The Ontario Association of Food Banks recommends an immediate increase to Ontario’s current social assistance programs alongside investments in affordable housing
  • How Food Banks Help Beyond Food
    • Food banks offer fresh, healthy food and a diverse range of programs, depending on the community. In Ontario, these programs include rental and housing supplements, emergency payments in the event of an eviction notice, budgeting support, child care, resume writing workshops, training and apprenticeship programs, and health clinics.

To download a full copy of the 2017 Hunger Report, or to find out more about food banks in Ontario and how you can provide support, visit: www.oafb.ca/hunger-report