The Regional Food Distribution Association, which supplies food banks across Northwestern Ontario, is part of the Ontario Association of Food Banks that released its 2017 Hunger Report on Monday.

The report found that 499,415 individuals accessed a food bank over the last year. Children make up 33 per cent of that number and 90 per cent of food bank clients are rental or social housing tenants who spend more than 70 per cent of their income on housing.

“Provincially, more than 45 per cent of food bank clients — or 224,736 people — have less than $100 left each month after paying basic expenses,” said Carolyn Stewart, executive director of the Ontario Association of Food Banks, in a statement.