HungerCount
2021
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"It’s been a tough year for those who struggle with hunger and we’re fearful of what’s ahead."
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Data

YT/NT/NU
BC
AB
SK
MB
ON
QC
NB
PEI
NS
NL
CANADA
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Canada ALL RURAL
Total Visits
1,303,997 145,038
Total Visits (Child)
434,281 48,035
% Change in Total Visits 2019-2021
20.3 -3.8
Total Meals and Snacks
3,216,631 295,662
Food Banks Reporting
2,332 688
YT/NT/NU ALL
Total Visits
4,597
Total Visits (Child)
1,905
% Change in Total Visits 2019-2021
-24.8
Total Meals and Snacks
-
Food Banks Reporting
16
BC ALL
Total Visits
131,001
Total Visits (Child)
40,717
% Change in Total Visits 2019-2021
5.0
Total Meals and Snacks
128,697
Food Banks Reporting
126
AB ALL
Total Visits
116,396
Total Visits (Child)
44,586
% Change in Total Visits 2019-2021
29.6
Total Meals and Snacks
523,019
Food Banks Reporting
154
SK ALL
Total Visits
32,827
Total Visits (Child)
12,955
% Change in Total Visits 2019-2021
-11.8
Total Meals and Snacks
6,610
Food Banks Reporting
41
MB ALL
Total Visits
65,100
Total Visits (Child)
24,297
% Change in Total Visits 2019-2021
-
Total Meals and Snacks
256,485
Food Banks Reporting
9
ON ALL
Total Visits
419,532
Total Visits (Child)
130,970
% Change in Total Visits 2019-2021
23.5
Total Meals and Snacks
707,461
Food Banks Reporting
549
QC ALL
Total Visits
474,002
Total Visits (Child)
160,288
% Change in Total Visits 2019-2021
38.1
Total Meals and Snacks
1,415,652
Food Banks Reporting
1,173
NB ALL
Total Visits
20,408
Total Visits (Child)
6,544
% Change in Total Visits 2019-2021
-8.3
Total Meals and Snacks
81,085
Food Banks Reporting
63
PEI ALL
Total Visits
3,241
Total Visits (Child)
1,122
% Change in Total Visits 2019-2021
9.5
Total Meals and Snacks
3,997
Food Banks Reporting
6
NS ALL
Total Visits
26,090
Total Visits (Child)
7,368
% Change in Total Visits 2019-2021
1.8
Total Meals and Snacks
83,093
Food Banks Reporting
139
NL ALL
Total Visits
10,803
Total Visits (Child)
3,530
% Change in Total Visits 2019-2021
0.9
Total Meals and Snacks
10,532
Food Banks Reporting
56
Canada
ALL
RURAL
Total Visits
1,303,997
145,038
Total Visits (Child)
434,281
48,035
% Change in total 2019-2021
20.3
-3.8
Total Meals and Snacks
3,216,631
295,662
Food Banks Reporting
2,332
688
ALL
Total Visits
4,597
Total Visits (Child)
1,905
% Change in total 2019-2021
-24.8
Total Meals and Snacks
-
Food Banks Reporting
16
ALL
Total Visits
131,001
Total Visits (Child)
40,717
% Change in total 2019-2021
5.0
Total Meals and Snacks
128,697
Food Banks Reporting
126
ALL
Total Visits
116,396
Total Visits (Child)
44,586
% Change in total 2019-2021
29.6
Total Meals and Snacks
523,019
Food Banks Reporting
154
ALL
Total Visits
32,827
Total Visits (Child)
12,955
% Change in total 2019-2021
-11.8
Total Meals and Snacks
6,610
Food Banks Reporting
41
ALL
Total Visits
65,100
Total Visits (Child)
24,297
% Change in total 2019-2021
-
Total Meals and Snacks
256,485
Food Banks Reporting
9
ALL
Total Visits
419,532
Total Visits (Child)
130,970
% Change in total 2019-2021
23.5
Total Meals and Snacks
707,461
Food Banks Reporting
549
ALL
Total Visits
474,002
Total Visits (Child)
160,288
% Change in total 2019-2021
38.1
Total Meals and Snacks
1,415,652
Food Banks Reporting
1,173
ALL
Total Visits
20,408
Total Visits (Child)
6,544
% Change in total 2019-2021
-8.3
Total Meals and Snacks
81,085
Food Banks Reporting
63
ALL
Total Visits
26,090
Total Visits (Child)
7,368
% Change in total 2019-2021
1.8
Total Meals and Snacks
83,093
Food Banks Reporting
139
ALL
Total Visits
3,241
Total Visits (Child)
1,122
% Change in total 2019-2021
9.5
Total Meals and Snacks
3,997
Food Banks Reporting
6
ALL
Total Visits
10,803
Total Visits (Child)
3,530
% Change in total 2019-2021
0.9
Total Meals and Snacks
10,532
Food Banks Reporting
56
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Canada at a glance - Food Bank User Statistics

33.3%

are children

33.3% of food bank users are children while representing only 19.1% of the population

46.1%

are single adult households

Single adult households represent 46.1% of households accessing food banks, while representing only 28.2% of the population

50.5%

are on social assistance or disability-related supports

Those receiving provincial social assistance as their main source of income support represent 50.5% of households accessing food banks


Household income sources of those accessing food banks

1 in 8

are currently employed

16.2%

receive provincial disability support

1 in 10

receive pension income

17.8%

are single parent households

The percentage of single adults with children using food banks is 17.8% while representing only 10.1% of the population

8.7%

are seniors

While seniors represent 8.7% of food bank users, the rate of increase is far outpacing other age groups

3,216,631

This is the number of total meals and snacks served in March 2021 (does not include Hamper programs).

Our Mandate

Food Banks Canada provides national leadership to relieve hunger today and prevent hunger tomorrow in collaboration with the food bank network in Canada. We do this by maximizing the collective impact of the network, strengthening the local capacity of food banks, and advocating to reduce the need for food banks.

policy
Recommendations

New supports for renters living with low incomes

Modernize and expand supports for low wage and unemployed workers

A path forward where no Canadian is left behind (progress towards a minimum income floor)

Increase supports for low-income single adults

Enhance measures to reduce northern food insecurity

RECOMMENDATION 1

New supports for renters living with low incomes

RECOMMENDATION 2

Modernize and expand supports for low wage and unemployed workers

RECOMMENDATION 3

A path forward where no Canadian is left behind (progress towards a minimum income floor)

RECOMMENDATION 4

Increase supports for low-income single adults

RECOMMENDATION 5

Enhance measures to reduce norther food insecurity

As is demonstrated in this report, food bank use remains at unacceptably high levels. While food banks are finding new and innovative ways to provide healthy, nutritious food and a wide variety of services to support those they serve, only long-term policy solutions can address the root causes of hunger in Canada.

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Did you know?
Food banks across Canada offer more than food. One in five offer training, education, and/or help with finding employment. Find out more by reading the full report.
Our vision is a Canada where no one goes hungry

Food Banks Canada is a national charitable organization dedicated to helping Canadians living with food insecurity. We support a network of Provincial Associations, affiliate food banks, and food agencies that work at the community level to relieve hunger. Our work is focused on maximizing collective impact, strengthening local capacity, and reducing the need for food banks.

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Our Mandate

Food Banks Canada provides national leadership to relieve hunger today and prevent hunger tomorrow in collaboration with the food bank network in Canada. We do this by maximizing the collective impact of the network, strengthening the local capacity of food banks, and advocating to reduce the need for food banks.

OUR

methodology

The annual HungerCount is Food Banks Canada’s signature report documenting food bank use in Canada. It is a cross-sectional, census survey of most food bank agencies, organizations and programs, within and outside of the Food Banks Canada network. The HungerCount provides a point in time snapshot of food bank use in Canada.

Food Banks Canada is always looking for ways to improve the HungerCount report. If you have questions about the report, or ideas on how we could make this research better, we would like to hear from you. Please get in touch at [email protected] and reference HungerCount.

To learn more about our data collection and analysis processes for HungerCount 2021, click here to download the full PDF report.

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