The largest users of food banks are children and singles

Les plus grands utilisateurs des banques alimentaires sont les enfants et les célibataires

Photo: Marie-France Coallier Archives The Duty

Children a total of 35.2% of persons resorting to food banks while they represent only 20% of the population.

Children, totalling 35.2% of the people who use food banks in Canada while they represent only 20% of the population according to the census of 2016 published by Statistics Canada.

This finding is troubling figure in the headlines of the balance sheet 2018 that provides the organization food Banks Canada.

This percentage is almost the same in Quebec, but it is particularly high in Saskatchewan (43,5 %), in the three territories (43.3 per cent), Manitoba (42.6 per cent) and Alberta (up 38.5 %).

In march 2018, canadian food banks have recorded 1.1 million visits. Almost 357 000 of them were made by residents of Quebec.

Another anomaly is revealed by the report shows that a little over 19 % of food bank users come from single-parent families who do not represent, however, that 10% of canadian households.

On the other hand, in Canada, 45 % of the people who use the food banks come from one-person households.

Food banks Canada attributes the gravity of the situation in the three territories, the phenomenon of food insecurity, which, in the sole Nunavut, reaching 46.8% of all households in 2014, according to Statistics Canada. Indeed, one of the four recommendations developed by the authors of the report suggested the elected officials to tackle the scourge of food insecurity in the regions of the canadian North.

The authors are also calling for more leadership from the government of Canada in the case of basic income for all Canadians. They also offer an aid to the creation of affordable early learning and care of young children in the country.

Finally, they hope to increase support to single adults with low income.

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