The Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) released a new report on November 28th , revealing that over 335,000 individuals — more than one third children — are turning to food banks each month. Despite improvements in the economy, food bank use remains seven per cent higher than pre-recession numbers, and staggering hydro prices and lack of full time employment are contributing to increased hunger in Ontario.Statistics from Port Cares were included in this report.
More than 1,100 individuals are currently registered at the Reach Out Centre food bank with approximately 500 to 700 of these people receiving service every month. Approximately one third of the people served every month at the food bank are children under the age of 18.
“We are fortunate because of the care and compassion and giving spirit of our citizens. Port Cares and the Reach Out Centre have been able to provide wholesome and nutritious food because of the generosity of local residents, organizations and businesses who continue to donate to those less fortunate.”
“People in our community are experiencing the same economic pressures as those in other areas of Ontario when it comes to increasing costs for hydroelectricity, transportation and housing.
And increasingly in the colder months, it becomes a very real struggle to put these expenses ahead of feeding themselves and their families,” said Christine Clark Lafleur, Executive Director of Port Cares.
To donate to our food bank, volunteer or find out how you can help those in need in our community please contact Karin at 905-834-3629 ext.245.