HungerCount
2019
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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
1,084,386 150,732
Total Visits (Child)
374,474 49,620
% Change in Total Visits 2018-2019
-1.1 -1.0
Total Meals and Snacks
5,570,329 332,131
Food Banks Reporting
2,326 672
% of Food Banks Reporting an increase, 2018-2019
47.0 45.3
YT/NT/NU ALL RURAL
Total Visits
6,110 4,471
Total Visits (Child)
2,112 1,722
% Change in Total Visits 2018-2019
-8.3 -7.1
Total Meals and Snacks
7,011 5,217
Food Banks Reporting
13 10
% of Food Banks Reporting an increase, 2018-2019
50.0 60.0
BC ALL RURAL
Total Visits
124,713 16,406
Total Visits (Child)
38,074 4,731
% Change in Total Visits 2018-2019
-1.6 -11.5
Total Meals and Snacks
455,901 22,979
Food Banks Reporting
113 59
% of Food Banks Reporting an increase, 2018-2019
48.5 49.1
AB ALL RURAL
Total Visits
89,821 13,614
Total Visits (Child)
35,282 5,368
% Change in Total Visits 2018-2019
-7.9 -9.8
Total Meals and Snacks
1,092,416 2,673
Food Banks Reporting
171 61
% of Food Banks Reporting an increase, 2018-2019
45.1 35.8
SK ALL RURAL
Total Visits
37,216 5,828
Total Visits (Child)
15,778 2,595
% Change in Total Visits 2018-2019
-3.6 -0.4
Total Meals and Snacks
14,280 3,108
Food Banks Reporting
36 26
% of Food Banks Reporting an increase, 2018-2019
42.4 43.5
MB ALL RURAL
Total Visits
82,067 8,641
Total Visits (Child)
33,280 3,453
% Change in Total Visits 2018-2019
- -
Total Meals and Snacks
419,970 2,433
Food Banks Reporting
52 42
% of Food Banks Reporting an increase, 2018-2019
39.6 40.0
ON ALL RURAL
Total Visits
339,613 22,377
Total Visits (Child)
111,051 6,584
% Change in Total Visits 2018-2019
4.8 -8.7
Total Meals and Snacks
1,770,357 7,268
Food Banks Reporting
577 139
% of Food Banks Reporting an increase, 2018-2019
48.2 41.2
QC ALL RURAL
Total Visits
345,184 56,977
Total Visits (Child)
120,025 18,337
% Change in Total Visits 2018-2019
-5.5 13.9
Total Meals and Snacks
1,595,120 229,180
Food Banks Reporting
1,150 228
% of Food Banks Reporting an increase, 2018-2019
45.7 45.6
NB ALL RURAL
Total Visits
22,625 7,878
Total Visits (Child)
7,123 2,444
% Change in Total Visits 2018-2019
7.9 -0.8
Total Meals and Snacks
118,929 51,130
Food Banks Reporting
58 39
% of Food Banks Reporting an increase, 2018-2019
48.1 52.8
PEI ALL RURAL
Total Visits
2,959 878
Total Visits (Child)
1,137 335
% Change in Total Visits 2018-2019
-6.1 3.0
Total Meals and Snacks
4,078 -
Food Banks Reporting
6 3
% of Food Banks Reporting an increase, 2018-2019
16.7 33.3
NS ALL RURAL
Total Visits
25,629 9,397
Total Visits (Child)
7,463 2,807
% Change in Total Visits 2018-2019
-0.06 3
Total Meals and Snacks
103,357 7,877
Food Banks Reporting
123 40
% of Food Banks Reporting an increase, 2018-2019
53.9 55.9
NL ALL RURAL
Total Visits
10,704 4,265
Total Visits (Child)
3,149 1,243
% Change in Total Visits 2018-2019
5.8 -1.8
Total Meals and Snacks
3,402 266
Food Banks Reporting
45 25
% of Food Banks Reporting an increase, 2018-2019
59.0 58.3
Canada
ALL
RURAL
Total Visits
1,084,386
150,732
Total Visits (Child)
374,474
49,620
% Change in total 2018-2019
-1.1
-1.0
Total Meals and Snacks
5,570,329
332,131
Food Banks Reporting
2,236
672
% of Food Banks Reporting an increase, 2018-2019
47.0
45.3
ALL
RURAL
Total Visits
6,110
4,471
Total Visits (Child)
2,112
1,722
% Change in total 2018-2019
-8.3
-7.1
Total Meals and Snacks
7,011
5,217
Food Banks Reporting
13
10
% of Food Banks Reporting an increase, 2018-2019
50.0
60.0
ALL
RURAL
Total Visits
124,713
16,406
Total Visits (Child)
38,074
4,731
% Change in total 2018-2019
-1.6
-11.5
Total Meals and Snacks
455,901
22,979
Food Banks Reporting
113
59
% of Food Banks Reporting an increase, 2018-2019
48.5
49.1
ALL
RURAL
Total Visits
89,821
13,614
Total Visits (Child)
35,282
5,368
% Change in total 2018-2019
-7.9
-9.8
Total Meals and Snacks
1,092,416
2,673
Food Banks Reporting
171
61
% of Food Banks Reporting an increase, 2018-2019
45.1
35.8
ALL
RURAL
Total Visits
37,216
5,828
Total Visits (Child)
15,778
2,595
% Change in total 2018-2019
-3.6
-0.4
Total Meals and Snacks
14,280
3,108
Food Banks Reporting
36
26
% of Food Banks Reporting an increase, 2018-2019
42.4
43.5
ALL
RURAL
Total Visits
82,067
8,641
Total Visits (Child)
33,280
3,453
% Change in total 2018-2019
-
-
Total Meals and Snacks
419,970
2,433
Food Banks Reporting
52
42
% of Food Banks Reporting an increase, 2018-2019
39.6
40.0
ALL
RURAL
Total Visits
339,613
22,377
Total Visits (Child)
111,051
6,584
% Change in total 2018-2019
4.8
-8.7
Total Meals and Snacks
1,770,357
7,268
Food Banks Reporting
577
139
% of Food Banks Reporting an increase, 2018-2019
48.2
41.2
ALL
RURAL
Total Visits
345,184
56,977
Total Visits (Child)
120,025
18,337
% Change in total 2018-2019
-5.5
13.9
Total Meals and Snacks
1,595,120
229,180
Food Banks Reporting
1,150
228
% of Food Banks Reporting an increase, 2018-2019
45.7
45.6
ALL
RURAL
Total Visits
22,625
7,878
Total Visits (Child)
7,123
2,444
% Change in total 2018-2019
7.9
-0.8
Total Meals and Snacks
118,929
51,130
Food Banks Reporting
58
39
% of Food Banks Reporting an increase, 2018-2019
48.1
52.8
ALL
RURAL
Total Visits
25,629
9,397
Total Visits (Child)
7,463
2,807
% Change in total 2018-2019
-0.06
3
Total Meals and Snacks
103,357
7,877
Food Banks Reporting
123
40
% of Food Banks Reporting an increase, 2018-2019
53.9
55.9
ALL
RURAL
Total Visits
2,959
878
Total Visits (Child)
1,137
335
% Change in total 2018-2019
-6.1
3.0
Total Meals and Snacks
4,078
-
Food Banks Reporting
6
3
% of Food Banks Reporting an increase, 2018-2019
16.7
33.3
ALL
RURAL
Total Visits
10,704
4,265
Total Visits (Child)
3,149
1,243
% Change in total 2018-2019
5.8
-1.8
Total Meals and Snacks
3,402
266
Food Banks Reporting
45
25
% of Food Banks Reporting an increase, 2018-2019
59.0
58.3
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Canada at a glance - Food Bank User Statistics

34.1%

are children

34.1% of food bank users are children while representing only 19.4% of the population

48.1%

are single adult households

Single adult households represent 48.1% of households accessing food banks, while representing only 28.2% of the population

57.4%

are on social assistance or disability-related supports

Those receiving provincial social assistance as their main source of income support represent 57.4% of households accessing food banks


Household income sources of those accessing food banks

1 in 8

are currently employed

17.3%

receive provincial disability support

1 in 11

receive pension income

18.3%

are single parent households

The percentage of single adults with children using food banks is 18.3% while representing only 10.1% of the population

6.8%

are seniors

While seniors represent 6.8% of food bank users, the rate of increase is far outpacing other age groups

5,570,329

This is the number of total meals and snacks served in 2019

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

Support the creation of affordable early learning and childcare across the country

Increase supports for single adults living with low incomes

Immediately implement the Canada Housing Benefit

Develop pilot projects towards a basic income for all Canadians

Reduce northern food insecurity

RECOMMENDATION 1

Support the creation of affordable early learning and childcare across the country

RECOMMENDATION 2

Increase supports for single adults living with low incomes

RECOMMENDATION 3

Immediately implement the Canada Housing Benefit

RECOMMENDATION 4

Develop pilot projects towards a basic income for all Canadians

RECOMMENDATION 5

Reduce northern 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.

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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 2019, click here to download the full PDF report.

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