Report: Hunger Map

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About the Map

Feed Ontario’s new study reveals that hunger and food bank use exist in every electoral riding in Ontario. The study, which examines food bank use data between January 1st – December 31st 2018, also reveals that Ontario’s food banks were accessed by 507,977 people who visited 3,033,970 times throughout the year – a three percent increase over 2017.

The study was completed in partnership with the Fleming College Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program and presents the findings on an interactive map that allows users to compare provincial electoral ridings across the province, including information on food bank use, mean and median income, and housing. The intention of the project is to help inform visitors to the website that hunger and poverty touch every corner of the province.

Food Bank Use by Provincial Electoral Riding (2018)

The data below highlights the top 10 provincial electoral ridings with the highest per capita concentration of food bank use in Ontario in 2018.

Some important notes about the numbers:

  • Food bank catchment areas do not align with electoral riding boundaries. As a result, many food banks serve multiple electoral ridings, and equally many electoral ridings may be served by multiple food banks. The numbers below alone should not be attributed to the service of any one particular food bank.
  • This study only includes food bank use data from Feed Ontario member food banks.
  • This map only represents the individuals that provided their residential postal code when they visited a Feed Ontario member food bank. Food bank use is 12-14% higher than what is represented on the map.
 Provincial Electoral Riding Food Bank Use Per Capita Total Number of Unique Individuals Total Number of Visits
Ottawa–Vanier 15 in 100 16,537 80,332
Hamilton Centre 12 in 100 12,300 111,828
Thunder Bay–Atikokan 11 in 100 8,276 27,488
Kitchener Centre 10 in 100 10,411 72,825
Ottawa South 9 in 100 10,533 53,824
Windsor West 9 in 100 10,564 64,065
London–Fanshawe 8 in 100 9,959 45,348
Windsor–Tecumseh 8 in 100 8,860 51,543
Ottawa West–Nepean 8 in 100 8,480 45,145
London North Centre 7 in 100 8,383 34,765

The interactive map was created by students of Fleming College post-graduate Geographic Information Systems Specialist program, Jordan Sparrow and Nihal Garach.

Learn more about the project’s methodology.

Get Involved

You can help #FeedChange and support people in need across Ontario!

How Can I Participate?

  • Contact: Call, email, or visit your MPP and share our map and recommendations for change with them.
  • Social Media: Share our map and tag us + your MPP on Twitter or Facebook!

Who Should I Contact?

  • Your Own MPP: Find your riding and MPP’s contact information at Elections Ontario.
  • Other Key MPPs: Premier Doug Ford (@FordNation), Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, Todd Smith (@ToddSmithPC), and the Parliamentary Assistant responsible for Community and Social Services, Jeremy Roberts (@JR_Ottawa)

Learn More

Feed Ontario and the provincial food bank network have long-advocated for long-term solutions that address the root causes of hunger, including social assistance reform, increased access to affordable housing, and creating secure, well-paying employment opportunities.

Our current recommendations for change include:

  1. Retain ODSP’s current definition of ‘disability’, ensuring that it is inclusive of episodic illness
  2. Reduce the clawbacks on earned income under Ontario Works and ODSP from 75% to 50% for individuals trying to re-enter the workforce
  3. Continue moving forward with Bill 60, which will establish a social assistance research commission to advise on evidence-based rates and policy directives

With the Government of Ontario’s focus on finding efficiencies and cost savings, investing in poverty reduction is a smart choice, as poverty costs the government an estimated $13.1 billion a year ($15.8 billion when indexed to inflation), due to factors such as increased health costs and lost productivity.

Learn more about our recommendations for change.