As the Liberal government prepares to release its fall economic statement, it’s worth noting that some Ontarians are living within the ruthless trap of poverty. It’s a sad existence.

Indeed, Ontarians on social assistance are increasingly relying upon food banks to survive. A new national study on hunger by Food Banks Canada shows that reliance on free food increased by nearly 20 per cent in the five years between March 2008 and March 2013.

While the number of adults and children who visited Ontario food banks dropped slightly last year, they remain deeply worrisome. According to the study, more than 375,000 Ontarians used food banks in a 12 month-period ending last spring. Some 35 per cent are children.