More than 40,000 people in the Okanagan live below the poverty line.

And, according to the United Way, 21 per cent of households spend more than half their income on rent.

The shocking statistics include more than 3,000 people using local food banks last year – one-third of them children – and 1,600 children at Central Okanagan elementary schools who start their day with a donated breakfast because they don’t get one at home.