Many of these people are employed but struggling to make ends meet due to inflation and the skyrocketing cost of living.
As the cost of housing, inflation, and grocery prices continue to rise, more people are finding it difficult to afford basic necessities. The report reveals that more than 640 thousand children under 18, as well as many newcomers who have lived in Canada for less than a decade, are among those using the food bank.
Racialized people and indigenous populations also represent a significant percentage of food bank users. Programs designed to help are under stress, with funding insufficient to meet the escalating needs. Food banks are relying heavily on donations and food rescue programs to continue functioning but are increasingly unable to provide adequate support to all who need it.