A new report says even more residents in Canada’s most populous province have been resorting to food banks for their basic needs

The annual report is published by the organisation Feed Ontario (formerly the Ontario Association of Food Banks) represents 130 food banks, and over 1,100 affiliated food relief agencies. Their “Hunger Report 2019” notes that over 510,000 people needed food banks in the province, with over 3,000,000 visits during the one year period from April 1, 2018 to March 31. 2019.

What happens to one of the world’s poorest places if you randomly pick more than 10,000 poor families out of an eligible pool and give them $1,000 each, no strings attached?

Dozens of studies have already shown conclusively that just handing very poor people a considerable sum of cash can transform their lives in lasting ways. That is hardly surprising. But this study set out to ask a different question: What about their neighbors?

Homeless people who are camping could be offered a priority status for social housing — just like women fleeing domestic violence are given priority on the wait-list, a consultant told councillors.

On Monday, city councillors heard this from Tracy Flaherty-Willmott, an Ottawa-based consultant who specializes in homelessness

She works for OrgCode, the firm hired a year ago by the city to examine local homelessness and recommend solutions.

It appears Vancouver has to do something about its homeless shelters.

And that something — in the absence of a miraculous supportive housing construction boom — is making whatever changes necessary to make homeless people feel welcome and safe in these buildings of refuge.

Because hundreds would rather sleep outside.

That is an unfortunate finding of a new report authored by the Homelessness Services Association of B.C., the B.C. Non-Profit Housing Association and Urban Matters CCC.

A new report by Feed Ontario reveals a 27 percent increase in the number of individuals with employment income accessing food banks over the last three years

Feed Ontario, formerly the Ontario Association of Food Banks, released its 2019 Hunger Report today, revealing that 510,438 individuals accessed a food bank last year, visiting more than 3,059,000 times. This report finds that, despite the province’s low unemployment rate, Ontario’s food banks continue to see increasingly high levels of use, and that there is an emerging trend in the number of individuals with employment income that require the support of a food bank to make ends meet.

“Over the last three years, Ontario’s food banks have seen a 27 percent increase in the number of adults with employment income accessing their services,” says Carolyn Stewart, Executive Director of Feed Ontario. “This tells us that, while these individuals are working in a full or part time position, they have not been able to secure sufficient income to afford all of their basic necessities each month, like rent, heat, hydro, or food.”

In an economy that looks really strong to most of the world, hunger is on the rise.

One in seven people in the Toronto region struggles with food insecurity. That’s according to the 2019 “Who’s Hungry: Profile of Hunger in the Toronto Region” report, which says food bank use rose by four per cent in the last fiscal year. Food is a basic necessity, so why are so many people unable to afford it? What needs to change so that people don’t need to skip meals to pay their bills? And what can we all do to help?

A new report says that more people have been visiting food banks across the province more frequently, including a “concerning” number of people with full or part-time employment.

Feed Ontario’s annual hunger report — which captures food bank usage in the province, analyzes trends and provides recommendations — revealed that 510,438 individuals visited food banks across the province, more than 3,059,000 times over the past year — an increase of 8,848 more people.

And over the past three years, those with employment income who access food banks have increased by 27 per cent.