HUNGERCOUNT


Hunger in Canada is a lot more common than you may think.

According to Statistics Canada, 1 in 8 Canadians are food insecure. But if we’re to change the statistics and the status quo, we must gain a better understanding as to who is impacted by hunger and why. That’s where HungerCount comes in

Hunger snapshot

Age, background, personal circumstances, geography; our annual HungerCount report provides a deeper dive into the real people behind the statistics. With key insights representing a cross-section of most food bank agencies, organizations, and programs within (and outside of) the Food Banks Canada network, HungerCount offers a collective snapshot of food bank use in this country.

33.3%
of food bank users in Canada are children, while only representing 19.1% of the population.
are children
1,303,997
There were a total of 1,303,997 visits to food banks across Canada in 2021.
There were a total of 1,303,997 visits to food banks across Canada in 2021.
46.1%
of food bank users in Canada are single adult households, while only representing 28.2% of the population.
are single
How many seniors?
Seniors represent 8.7% of Canadian food bank users, with the rate of increase far outpacing other age groups.
Seniors represent 8.7% of Canadian food bank users, with the rate of increase far outpacing other age groups.
50.5%
of Canadian food bank users are on social assistance or disability-related supports as their main source of income.
are on …
How many single parents?
Single adults with children represent 17.8% of Canadian food bank users, while representing only 10.1% of the population.
Single adults with children represent 17.8% of Canadian food bank users, while representing only 10.1% of the population.
1 in 8
– the ratio of Canadians accessing food banks that are currently employed.
3,216,631
A total of 3,216,621 meals and snacks were served in March of 2021 (does not include hamper programs).
A total of 3,216,621 meals and snacks were served in March of 2021 (does not include hamper programs).

Nobody should be left hungry in the shadows

By equipping the food-bank network, academics, governments, and concerned citizens with key data, HungerCount aims to shine a light on the critical issue of food insecurity in Canada.

With this information, food banks nationwide can advocate to governments for change.

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