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Visits to food banks in Toronto inner suburbs rising: Report

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A report reveals a sharp increase in food bank visits in Toronto, Canada. (file photo)

The demand for food banks has shot up 45 percent in the inner suburbs of the most populous city of Canada, Toronto, a report shows.

The report, titled "Who's Hungry: A tale of Two Cities," shows food bank use by low-income citizens in the capital of the province of Ontario hiked 45 percent in the period between April 2014 and March 2015 compared to the similar time span the year before.

Toronto food banks had 896,9000 visits between April 2014 and March 2015, the study found.

The report has examined the number of food bank visits in Toronto since the 2008 recession began in the city.

“We are seeing families facing an increasingly difficult time in affording the city’s rapidly rising rents, where coming to a food bank is the only way some can keep a roof over their heads,” the report says.

One third of food bank users are children, from infants to 17-year-olds, the report says.

Daily Bread Food Bank, which is the leading charity organization dedicated to eliminating hunger in and around Toronto, provides food and support to almost 200 food programs across Toronto.

The organization provides clients with two to three days of food, up to four times a month. 

Last year, Daily Bread provided food for an average of 58,000 visits a month to food banks.

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