By the Numbers: Food banks and hunger in Canada

Toronto – December 18, 2015 – Food banks were established over 30 years ago as a short-term solution to addressing hunger in Canada. Three decades later, more than 852,000 families turned to food banks this year as a means of putting food on the table, according to the Hunger Count 2015 report. Nutrition and food security are among the top four social indicators of health in Canada, and statistics show that limited access to healthy, nutritious, and affordable food is linked to poor health.

Sources: Food Banks Canada – HungerCount 2015; Environment Canada