More teenagers and young adults than ever before are showing up at Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold looking for food and help over the holiday, says the food bank CEO.

“I can’t speak to the reasons they are here, but they are mostly arriving alone,” said Betty-Lou Souter, who says there are already 284 more young people arriving at the food bank than last year.

Souter said the spike in young people coming to the food bank is the largest change in a significant demographic shift in the kinds of people needing help over the holiday season.