‘Put Food in the Budget’ Campaign Reveals Reason for Governments & Corporations to Like Food Banks

This video presents Food Banks Canada: HungerCount 2014.

The HungerCount report is the only comprehensive study of food bank use in Canada.

It offers a snapshot of the people helped by food banks and other charitable food programs, looks at the causes of hunger and food insecurity, and offers recommendations to reduce hunger.

Who Banks on Food Banks in Canada? Infographic by the Put Food in the Budget campaign
Who Banks on Food Banks in Canada? Infographic by the Put Food in the Budget campaign

The Put Food in the Budget campaign provides these Basic Facts.

About 1.7 million people in Canada receive food from food banks each year:3

  • 841,191 people receive food from a food bank in Canada in an average month.4
  • 375,789 people receive food from a food bank in Ontario in an average month.5
  • 1,040,400 individual visits a year were reported by Daily Bread Food Bank member agencies in the Greater Toronto Area, averaging 86,700 visits permonth.6
  • 37% of the people who receive food from food banks are children.7

Food banks distribute about 200 million pounds of food each year in Canada.8

A single person on Ontario Works receives $656 per month.9

Income inequality has reached levels higher than at any time since the 1930s.10

The Put Food in the Budget campaign asks the following pertinent questions:

  • Why do governments and corporations like food banks?
  • Paying recipients enough social assistance to pay the rent and buy their own food makes much more sense than food bank dependency. Why won’t governments do this?
  • Again, when the result is so meagre, we must ask what is the real reason for these high-profile corporate charity campaigns?

Here are the eye-opening answers.

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