Across the country, more people are turning to food banks than ever before in our history. There has likely never been a more difficult time for food banks in Canada. Many people are visiting for the first time, making the difficult choice to ask for help because their money simply isn’t stretching far enough to cover their expenses.
Also, food banks are dealing with incredible volatility, from changes in the availability of food donations, to decreased access to methods of transporting food where it’s needed, to climate weather crises that call on food banks to operate through floods and fires, as they did this past year in British Columbia in particular.
In March 2023, there were almost 2 million visits to food banks across Canada, representing a 32 per cent increase compared to March 2022, and a 78.5 per cent increase compared to March 2019, which is the highest year-over-year increase in usage ever reported. (Source: 2023 HungerCount Report). Please help us to provide 10,000 meals by donating to our Harbourfront Holiday Meals Campaign.