November 4, 2019
A new report says food bank use rose four per cent in the Greater Toronto Area in the last fiscal year and the number of visits from people who live in Mississauga and the inner suburbs of Toronto is growing.
There was a 16 per cent increase in food bank visits from Mississauga residents, a nine per cent increase from North York residents and an eight per cent increase in Scarborough residents.
Among people who live in central Toronto, food bank visits have decreased 11 per cent, but the report says this area continues to have the “highest concentration” of visits in the region.
In the report, “Who’s Hungry: Profile of Hunger in the Toronto Region,” the Daily Bread Food, the North York Harvest Food Bank and the Mississauga Food Bank say there were more than one million visits to food banks in the region between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019.