In 2008, it appeared that progress was being made, as the number of people helped by food banks each month reached its lowest point in 10 years. Unfortunately, the recession hit Canada late that year, and food bank use suddenly skyrocketed by 18%, rising from 675,735 to 794,738 people per month in 2009. It continued to rise until it hit a high of 872,379 last year. During this time, food banks and other charitable food programs have been stretched to their limits.
HungerCount 2013 tells us that the need for food banks and other charitable food programs in Canada continues to be widespread and, in many regions, continues to grow.