Bridget Martin is a volunteer but also a client of the North York Harvest Food Bank 15 years ago she was injured on the job her benefits were eventually cut off and food banks saved her my income was not enough my rent was far too high and still with the food bank and still
Without the food bank I could not have done not have survived that time what’s different today is the magnitude of the need more than $10 million where the food will likely go through this facility alone this year Toronto has seen a 51% increase in food bank visits the highest ever more than 2
A5 million visits so far this year and that number is expected to exceed 3 million visits by the end of 2023 another difference many food bank clients today have jobs but earn too little to keep up with the rising cost of food and housing it’s unacceptable
That one in four Food Bank clients spend 100% of their income on housing leaving nothing nothing for food clothing or Transportation all levels of government have to do more starting with the federal government and the Canada disability benefit 35% of all food bank users have a disability the food bank
Wants to see long awaited federal disability benefits actually delivered by 2025 it wants the province’s plan to build 1.5 million new homes to include 300,000 affordable units and it wants City Hall’s plan to reduce poverty to have funding attached there is plenty of failure um from our institutions from
Our leaders as I said at all levels and across the ideological Spectrum um that has driven us to uh where we are today we want to belong somewhere we don’t want to be discarded and say for Bridget Martin and so many more long-term Solutions include incomes that keep up
With the cost of living but the immediate fix for many comes down to food banks which need support from governments private sector and public donations more than every before Eric senson Global News Toronto
A new report released Tuesday reveals that one in ten people in Toronto are relying on food banks amid the rising cost of living – more than twice as many people than in 2022.
The annual “Who’s Hungry” report was released published by the Daily Food Bank and Harvest Food Bank.
As Eric Sorensen explains, food bank operators say they’re at their breaking point.
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