Every year, Hamilton Food Share compiles data on local food bank usage in association with our 12 member agencies. The Hunger Count tells us who needs food, how often and what their reasons are for using the emergency food network.
Here are some key findings from the 2018 Hunger Count:
- The number of people turning to food banks increased last year to 12,619.
- Almost 2 in 5 people relying on the emergency food network in Hamilton are children. That’s up 1% over last year.
- 86% of households that live in market rental properties are at high risk or extreme risk of becoming homeless.
- 38% of people using food banks need more than 5 days of food each month.
- Over 1 in every 3 food bank users receive disability-related income supports in Hamilton. That’s well above the national rate.
Read the full Hunger Count.