The number of people receiving support from The Sharing Place Food Centre is at its highest in at least five years.

Statistics from the Orillia organization show a troubling trend. There were 1,004 visits in January. In September, there were 1,445. August saw the most visits so far this year, with 1,474.

“It’s getting worse. It’s not getting better,” said Sharing Place executive director Chris Peacock.

Some might be surprised to see those numbers, he said, especially due to “a perception because of how well the economy is doing.”

However, wealthier Canadians are the ones who tend to benefit most from a strong economy, he noted.

“That success doesn’t necessarily apply to the working poor.”