SINGLE ADULT HOUSEHOLDS REPRESENT 45.1% OF HOUSEHOLDS THAT ACCESS FOOD BANKS BUT ONLY REPRESENT 28.2%* OF CANADIAN HOUSEHOLDS.
Single adults are being left behind.
Food Banks Canada has been sounding the alarm about the lack of support for single adults in Canada for a number of years, including in our Nowhere to Turn report.
One in every three single adults lives in poverty in Canada, which is a staggering number. Policies that have focused on their marginalized demographic are few and far between, as governments continue to ignore this segment of the population. That is why Food Banks Canada is recommending increased supports targeted to single adults living with low incomes as well as federal leadership towards a basic income for all.
59.0% of households using food banks report that social assistance and disability-related supports are their main source of income.
A ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS.
Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold St. Catharines, Ontario
When you spend 90% of your income on housing, it’s hard to put food on the table.
Access to safe, secure, and affordable housing should be a basic human right. Yet maintaining shelter is a growing and often invisible concern faced by many people in our community. Without access to adequate resources and support, it can become increasingly difficult to navigate the complex and inflated housing market to find solutions. Inadequate housing is a catalyst for hunger and poverty that food banks are working to reverse.
Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold has been supporting its community with meals for one hundred years. They have seen the need for affordable and stable housing of those they serve increase and have stepped up to respond. Since 2005, through its Housing Help Centre program, Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold provides individuals and families that are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless with housing options and support within their community.
The program offers assistance with the completion of rental applications, preventive measures against evictions and helps settle landlord disputes. It also offers referrals, lessons in active money management, and assistance with utilities. Through a collaborative approach, the program connects those at risk of homelessness with community and social services, access to emergency shelters, temporary, and even permanent housing.
Food banks often provide more than food support – they can help break the cycle of poverty, one home at a time.
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.