1. HungerCount 2018

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THE DATA

CANADA
1,096,935 # of visits
35.2% % of children
45.1% % of singles
59.0% % on social assistance and disability-related supports

Alberta

British Columbia

Manitoba

New Brunswick

Newfoundland & Labrador

Territories

Nova Scotia

Ontario

Prince Edward Island

Quebec

Saskatchewan

AT A GLANCE:

35.2% are children

The percentage of children using food banks is 35.2% while representing only 20.0%* of the population

45.1% are single adult households

Single adult households represent 45.1% of households accessing food banks, while representing only 28.2%* of the population

59.0% are on social assistance or disability-related supports

Household income sources of those accessing food banks

  • 1 in 6 are currently or recently employed
  • 59.0% on social assistance or disability-related income
  • 1 in 9 receive pension income
  • 6.0% report no income

19.1% are single parent households

The percentage of single adults with children using food banks is 19.1% while representing only 10.1%* of the population

6.3% are seniors

Seniors represent 6.3% of food bank users, while representing 16.9%* of the population

5,670,000

This is the number of total meals and snacks served in March 2018

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.

*Statics Canada, Census Profiles, 2016
Single adult households may be underrepresented because some food banks classify multiple singles sharing an address as 1 household