“Hunger is not about food, it’s about poverty.”
Hunger is both a local and global issue. Here are some quick facts about hunger in Toronto, Canada and Worldwide.
About Hunger in the GTA
- 36% of GTA food bank clients are children
- 19% of children go hungry at least once a week
- 40% of adults go hungry at least once a week
- 43% of adults could not afford to eat balanced meals
- $925 is the median monthly income for a food bank client
- 72% of income is spent on housing (rent/mortgage including utilities)
- There were 794,000 client visits to Daily Bread member agencies between April 2010 and March 2011
Source: ‘Hunger Snapshot, Fighting Hunger’; Daily Bread Food Bank 2011 Snapshot of Hunger In The GTA. Read the full report here.
About Hunger in Canada
- each month, close to 900,000 Canadians are assisted by food banks
- 93,000 people each month access a food bank for the first time
- 38% of those helped are children and youth
- 7% of adults helped are over 65
Source: ‘HungerCount 2011’; Food Banks Canada. Read the full report here.
About World Hunger
- Hunger is the world’s #1 health risk. It kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined
- 1 in 7 people in the world will go to bed hungry tonight
- 1 out of 4 children in developing countries are underweight
- There are more hungry people in the world than the combined populations of USA, Canada and the European Union
Source: World Food Programme hunger stats. Read more here.