HungerCount 2011 Report Infographic - Number of People Assisted by Food Banks in Canada 2001-2011
HungerCount 2011 Report Infographic - Primary Source of Income of Households Assisted by Food Banks
HungerCount 2011 Report Infographic - Housing Situation of Households Assisted by Food Banks
Video: HungerCount 2011 Sizzle Reel
HungerCount 2011 provides essential information on levels of food bank use in Canada,
profiles people in need of food assistance
OTTAWA, Nov. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - The results of the HungerCount 2011 survey released today show that far too many people are being left
behind on Canada's road to economic recovery.
HungerCount 2011 results indicate a staggering 26% increase in food bank use between
2008 and 2011. The report highlights that in a typical month, food
banks across the country provide food to more than three quarters of a
million separate individuals - 851,000 people - and more than 322,000
(38%) of those helped are children.
"It is shocking that hundreds of thousands of Canadians need help from
food banks each month to make ends meet," said Katharine Schmidt,
Executive Director of Food Banks Canada, which coordinated the national
study involving more than 4,100 food assistance programs.
"The level of food bank use over the past three years has grown at an
alarming rate and food banks are stretched to the limit," continued
Schmidt. "It is imperative that federal and provincial governments take
action to help those in need right now, and to make changes so fewer
people will need to resort to food banks."
The HungerCount 2011 survey also found that:
11% of those receiving food each month - 94,000 people - are accessing a
food bank for the first time.
1 in 5 individuals and families assisted by food banks have income from
current or recent employment.
20% of households helped are living on an old age or disability pension.
Half of households receiving food are families with children.
The HungerCount 2011 report provides recommendations to federal and provincial governments
that if implemented will make significant progress in reducing the
number of people who need help from food banks. Recommendations
Invest in affordable housing so that low income Canadians don't have to
make the difficult choice between paying the rent and feeding their
Improve Employment Insurance to better support older workers who have
lost their jobs.
Jumpstart innovative partnerships and government-led programs that help
ensure that Canadian jobs are well-paying jobs.
"We need help right now," said Schmidt. "Both food banks and the people
they are helping are under very high levels of stress. The situation is
For a full copy of the HungerCount 2011 report visit www.foodbankscanada.ca/HungerCount .
About the HungerCount Survey
HungerCount was initiated in 1989, and is the only annual national research study
of food banks and other food programs in Canada. Since 1997, data for
the study have been collected every March. The information provided by
the survey is invaluable, forming the basis of many Food Banks Canada
activities throughout the year. For a full copy of the HungerCount 2011 report, and for more information, please visit www.foodbankscanada.ca.
About Food Banks Canada
Food Banks Canada is the national charitable organization representing
the food bank community across Canada. Our Members, Affiliate Member
food banks, and their respective agencies serve approximately 85% of
people accessing emergency food programs nationwide. We continue to
work to find short term and long term solutions for the 850,000
Canadians who are assisted by a food bank every month.
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PDF with caption: "HungerCount 2011 Report Infographic - Primary Source of Income of Households Assisted by Food Banks". PDF available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/media/2011/11/01/20111101_C9094_DOC_EN_5800.pdf
PDF with caption: "HungerCount 2011 Report Infographic - Housing Situation of Households Assisted by Food Banks". PDF available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/media/2011/11/01/20111101_C9094_DOC_EN_5801.pdf
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SOURCE Food Banks Canada
For further information:
Media contact: Marzena Gersho, Food Banks Canada, 647-242-5919 (mobile) or (416) 203-9241, ext. 228 (office)