Hunger In Toronto

“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.


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