The Who’s Hungry report has come to be Daily Bread Food Bank’s signature research publication. Daily Bread believes that in order to solve the problem of hunger and poverty, we have to understand it. Updated annually with results gathered from almost 2000 one-on-one food bank client interviews, Who’s Hungry offers a quantitative and qualitative glimpse into the hunger crisis in the Greater Toronto Area.
Conducted with the assistance of volunteer the surveys are completed with the cooperation of Daily Bread member agencies and regional partners: The Mississauga Food Bank, North York Harvest Food Bank, York Region Food Network and Feed the Need in Durham.
The Who’s Hungry 2012: Faces of Hunger, is an in-depth look at not just who is hungry, but why and how we can continue to fight hunger in our communities. The Hunger Snapshot contains some statistical highlights from the 2012 survey to provide you with a brief picture of poverty and hunger in the GTA.
Here’s a five-minute video to sum up some of the findings of the newest report on hunger in the GTA. Helping explain it all is Daily Bread’s executive director Gail Nyberg and two of the volunteers who helped gather over 1700 surveys with food bank clients across the GTA. You’ll also hear from one of our own amazing volunteers at Daily Bread who, after falling ill, found herself coming to a food bank after having to leave the job she’d had for 20 years.
This map shows number of client visits by Federal Electoral District, and percentage change in visits from pre-recession 2008.
The number of client visits to food banks is closely connected to the state of the economy. The chart below shows how in the City of Toronto, food bank visits and unemployment rates have shown very similar trends, increasing at similar points in time.
Unemployment rates from Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey
Food Bank Client Visits from Daily Bread Food Bank and North York Harvest Food Bank
Overall, compared to five years ago, people visiting food banks are older, more likely to be born outside of Canada and have higher levels of education.
The driving force of demand for food banks is lack of income. The amount of money people are left with per day after rent has been paid is less than a TTC round trip.
View Who’s Hungry in the GTA 2011 – Regional Statistics in a larger map