November 27, 2019
Community Share Food Bank, which operates in the Don Mills community — an area considered to be fairly well off — has seen a near five per cent increase in clients in 2019 over the year before.
Don Mills is not unique in its rising food bank need. This story is consistent with the results of the 2019 Who’s Hungry report produced by North York Harvest Food Bank, Daily Bread Food Bank and The Mississauga Food Bank. It shows food bank use in Toronto and Mississauga grew four per cent in 2019 over the year before, anticipating a little more than one million visits by the end of this year at their 250 partner agencies, of which Community Share is one.
Central Toronto and Etobicoke visits have actually decreased this year, but Scarborough has seen an eight per cent rise, and North York nine per cent for the year. The riding of Etobicoke North is continuing to see high per capita food bank usage rates — five out of every 100 people use them. Mississauga has seen a staggering 16 per cent increase in food bank usage. Poverty is moving to the suburbs, said North York Harvest executive director Ryan Noble.