Toronto Food Bank Use Over Summer Due To COVID-19 Instability: Report – Toronto


TORONTO – A new report says food bank visits in Toronto have increased this summer due to economic instability caused by COVID-19.According to the Daily Bread Food Bank, visits to food banks increased 22% in June compared to the same period a year earlier, and then increased 51% in August compared to 2019.

The nonprofit says it expects the number of food bank visits to be the highest ever in Toronto this year.

The report says that before the COVID-19 pandemic, food bank use had already increased by 5% from last year, with nearly a million visits to Toronto – the same level as the peak observed after the 2008-09 financial crisis.

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The report also surveyed food bank customers, 85% of whom said they didn’t always have enough food to eat even after accessing food banks.

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Survey respondents also reported a median income of $ 892, less than half the monthly income required to have a basic standard of living, based on Toronto’s official poverty line.

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