Last month, the Ontario Association of Food Banks released its 2015 Hunger Report, a year-over-year monthly use survey that summarizes the Association’s annual hunger count. The survey included 125 member food banks, including Kawartha Food Share in Peterborough.

One of the most notable results of the survey had to do with older people. This year, there was a 35 percent increase in the number of people over the age of 65 using food banks. By any measure, that is a significant and highly disturbing trend. As the number and percentage of older people continues to grow, dramatic increases like this can only mean a substantial decline in the quality of life of more of our elders.