- 510,438 people accessed a food bank last year alone, an increase of 8,848 people over the previous year
- These individuals visited more than 3 million times throughout the year, an increase of 4% over the previous year
- Over the last three years, there has been a 27 percent increase in the proportion of adults with employment income accessing Ontario’s food banks
- Feed Ontario believes that this is a result of a number of changes to Ontario’s workforce, including: changes to types of jobs available to working-age adults, changes to Ontario’s labour laws, and changes to Ontario’s social assistance and worker support programs.
Recommendations for Change
- Close the gap between social assistance rates and Ontario’s Market Basket Measure Link opens a new window: The insufficient support provided by Ontario’s social assistance programs and government benefits often perpetuate poverty and makes it even more difficult for individuals and families to break the cycle.
- Retain the current definition of disability under the Ontario Disability Support Program: Restrictive reforms limiting access to ODSP will push people with disabilities into deeper poverty, increase stress, lead to worse health outcomes and possible homelessness. (Learn More)
- Invest in affordable housing and a portable housing benefit: With over 87 percent of Ontario’s food bank clients being rental or social housing tenants, affordable housing options are essential to addressing poverty. (Learn More)
You can help #FeedChange and support people in need across Ontario by sharing the findings of Hunger Report 2019 and Feed Ontario’s recommendations for change!
How Can I Participate?
- Contact: Call, email, or visit your MPP
- Social Media: Post our shareables and tag us on Twitter Link opens a new window or Facebook Link opens a new window so we can boost it, as well as your MPP.
Who Should I Contact?
- Your Own MPP: Find your MPP Link opens a new window and their contact information Link opens a new window.
Other Key MPPs: Premier Doug Ford (@FordNation Link opens a new window), Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, Todd Smith (@ToddSmithPC Link opens a new window), and Parliamentary Assistant for Community and Social Services, Jeremy Roberts (@JR_Ottawa Link opens a new window)
If you are interested in learning more about hunger and poverty in Ontario, please see below for more recently released reports by Feed Ontario: