Jul 5, 2024

Toronto’s food insecurity crisis in 5 numbers

As we close the books on our July 2023 – June 2024 fiscal year, we’re face to face with the latest numbers that reflect the magnitude of Toronto’s growing food insecurity crisis.  

Here are five examples that highlight the gravity of the situation. Each one showcases why we are so grateful for supporters like you. It is only through the hard work of our volunteers, the generosity of donors, and the advocacy of community partners that we can meet this need now while calling for policy changes that will reverse these alarming trends in the future. 

3.3 million

Visits to Daily Bread member food banks from July 2023 – June 2024. This is nearly 30% more than the year prior.  


Unique individuals who used food bank services for the first time from July 2023 – June 2024. That’s equivalent to the entire population of Guelph newly turning to charities to access food over the past year.   


The median amount of money per person, per day that food bank clients have for food and all other necessities after paying their rent and utilities (Who’s Hungry 2023). Last year, it was $8.01. The rising cost of living and affordable-housing crisis is driving more people to food banks to make ends meet. 

38 million

Pounds of food distributed to member agencies from July 2023 – June 2024. That’s 10 million pounds more than the previous year.  

$22 million

Daily Bread’s food purchasing budget for July 2023 – June 2024. This is more than 14 times our typical pre-pandemic spend, which was $1.5 million per year.

In times like these, we are even more thankful to our entire community for joining us in the fight against hunger. Figures like these can be daunting. But with your support, we can help ensure no one in our city goes hungry.   

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