Working with regional partners including The Mississauga Food Bank, North York Harvest Food Bank, York Region Food Network and hundreds of food banks across the GTA, volunteers interviewed over 1000 food bank clients for the 2014 Who’s Hungry report.
The report shows that more people with disabilities are falling deeper in to poverty in the GTA. Low incomes, a broken Ontario social assistance system combined with rising food and housing costs are forcing more people with disabilities to come to food banks to make ends meet. Many clients with disabilities are also dealing with extreme hunger. Forty-three per cent of GTA food bank clients with disabilities reported not eating for an entire day due to lack of money in the last year, compared to one per cent for Canadians as a whole.
The state of the economy and the loss of a job on its own are not the only reasons people need to come to a food bank for the first time.
Why those coming to food banks in Toronto have to skip meals.
How long people come varies by demographic
Since 1995, the cost of the Welfare Diet has increased by almost 75 per cent, while the rate of welfare has only increased by 20 per cent