TORONTO, June 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Despite an improving economy, people
visiting food banks in the Greater Toronto Area are still struggling.
The Hunger Snapshot report, released today, shows that food bank
clients spend 72 per cent of their income on housing costs. When
families are struggling to make ends meet and have to make a choice
between paying the rent and putting food on the table, it is usually
food that is sacrificed.
"Families can eat less food when money is tight, but they can't pay less
rent. A Housing Benefit would be a monthly benefit that would help
support people on low incomes," says Gail Nyberg, Executive Director at
Daily Bread Food Bank. "Everyone deserves a roof over their heads and
food on the table and a Housing Benefit will help both of those things
A recently released report by the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association
shows that the number of people who are on the waiting list for social
housing continues to increase as people struggle to find affordable
housing. According to Richard Matern, Acting Director of Research at
Daily Bread Food Bank, the amount left over per person per day after
housing costs are paid is $5.67 - that's less than the amount a person
would need for two cash fare trips on the TTC in Toronto.
The full report on the results of the annual survey will be released on
September 21, 2011, at the beginning of Daily Bread Food Bank's Fall
Drive. Some early results can be found in the Hunger Snapshot,
available online at www.dailybread.ca. You can also visit www.dailybread.ca/learning-centre/housing-benefit to find out more on a proposed Ontario Housing Benefit and how you can
help make it a reality.
Other statistical highlights in the Hunger Snapshot include:
Median monthly income of a food bank client: $925
Percentage of food bank clients who are children: 36%
Percentage of adults who go hungry at least once a week: 40%
Percentage of food bank clients who are receiving social assistance: 67%
Percentage of food bank clients who have a disability: 46%
Daily Bread Food Bank is an independent, non-profit, charitable
organization that is fighting to end hunger in our communities. As
Canada's largest food bank, Daily Bread serves people through
neighbourhood food banks and meal programs in almost 170 member
agencies across Toronto. We know feeding hungry people won't solve
poverty; that's why Daily Bread does more. We work to support people by
providing job training; researching and educating people on issues
of poverty and moving forward with innovative and realistic solutions
that will help people break away from poverty.
Daily Bread Food Bank is fighting to end hunger in our communities.
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SOURCE Daily Bread Food Bank
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