Food Banks Canada’s annual report on food bank usage across the country paints a grim picture of food insecurity in New Brunswick.

The report, titled HungerCount 2019, shows national numbers holding close to 2018 data — seeing a 1.1 per cent drop in the number of visits across Canada — but New Brunswick has seen a 7.9 per cent increase.

It’s the biggest provincial increase in the country, followed Newfoundland and Labrador seeing a 5.8 per cent jump and Ontario 4.8.