Hunger Count Report 2021

In our HungerCount 2019 report, we outlined a “good news/bad news” story: The good news was that food bank use had stabilized and we were making progress towards reducing hunger and poverty; the bad news was that an increasing number of single-person households, people with disabilities, and seniors needed help from food banks to get by. A combination of a strong economy and good social policy was moving the needle on poverty reduction. However, rapidly rising living costs, an unrelenting housing market affecting rents in both urban and rural areas, and stagnant incomes meant that people who are less able to participate in the labour market were being left behind. We were optimistic about the progress being made, but we were also concerned about the possibility of a recession and how that might affect people already experiencing deepening levels of poverty and hunger.

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