Every year, Hamilton Food Share compiles data on local food bank usage in association with our member agencies. The Hunger Report tells us who needs food, how often and what their reasons are for using the emergency food network.
The Hamilton Food Share Hunger Report 2019 shows a 10% increase in the number of visits by children to local food banks. It also shows how unaffordable rents in Hamilton have become for the lowest-income residents who must rely on food banks to survive.
Some statistics highlighted in the report include:
- 40% of food banks visits are made by children.
- School-aged children (ages 6-11) make up the largest group of children accessing a food bank.
- In Hamilton, households who access a food bank spend, on average, spend more than 50% of their income on housing.
We are grateful to the following media outlets for covering this important story:
Global News – Close to 5,000 children visiting food banks a month, annual hunger report says (Don Mitchell, November 12th, 2019)
The Hamilton Spectator – Child hunger on increase in Hamilton, says Hamilton Food Share report (Jeff Mahoney, November 11th, 2019)
Hamilton Community News – Hamilton Hunger Report shows deepening poverty among families with children (Mike Pearson, November 11th, 2019)
CBC Hamilton – ‘It’s disheartening,’ more kids visiting Hamilton food banks: report (Christine Rankin, November 11th, 2019)