Who We Serve
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