Daily Bread Food Bank's Who's Hungry 2012: Faces Of Hunger, its survey of food bank use, has come to some startling conclusions. Besides an overall increase in the use of food banks, the report reveals that the number of Torontonians using food banks in the inner suburbs has reached near-downtown-core levels. Another stereotype shattered - more and more food bank users are from the ranks of those who've lost their jobs or continue to struggle to find one. Many who use food banks are one paycheque away from being on the street. And the very troubling fact is that the true numbers of hunger's reach may be worse. Those who are doing without enough food but are ashamed to use food banks are not counted.
Total number of visits to food banks in Toronto in 2012. (About that many people pass through the Bloor-Yonge subway station in a typical week.)
Increase in food bank users in 2012 compared to pre-2008 recession
Adult food bank clients who have gone hungry at least once a week
because of lack of money, according to the Daily Bread Food Bank's 2012 survey of users
Food bank clients in 2012 who were university graduates, up from 25
per cent in 2007
What these totals don't include The Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul and other food bank programs not affiliated with Daily Bread.