Despite a rise in median household income, more and more people are relying on food banks in major Canadian cities, including Ottawa.

“Food insecurity is an indicator of poverty,” said Kitchissippi Counc. Jeff Leiper. “Ottawa is doing very well, but there’s a part of the population that’s being left behind.”

In Leiper’s ward, the Parkdale Food Centre is experiencing a steady increase in people coming to pick up food.

Karen Secord, the center’s director, said economic inequality is the reason so many people are food insecure.

“When people say there’s low unemployment, what the government isn’t telling you about many of those jobs that are being created is that they are part-time and they are low-wage jobs,” she said.