Food bank usage among seniors in Windsor-Essex has jumped by 16 per cent. At the Unemployed Help Centre, that number is even higher — 18 per cent.

Lynda Davidson, food bank coordinator at Unemployed Help Centre, said some of them are showing up for the first time.

“Naturally it’s disheartening when you see somebody for the first time in their life, to come to access a food bank, at that age,” she said. “They don’t want to be here.”