Hunger Report

Every March, the Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) network of members and agencies participates in Food Banks Canada’s National Hunger Count Survey.  The Ontario Association of Food Banks uses this data, which is provided by the food bank network, to analyze yearly trends related to food insecurity and the food bank use. The annual Hunger Report is released each December, and provides an in-depth analysis of food bank use statistics, client demographics, and the interconnected challenges of poverty and hunger within the province.



  • Hunger by the Numbers: 499,415 people used a food bank in Ontario last year.
  • Children and Single People: 1 in 3 food bank clients are children, and half of households served by food banks identified as single-person households.
  • Affordable Housing: Access to affordable housing remains a major issue for food bank clients. 90% of food bank clients live in rental or social housing, and 45% have less than $100 left each month after paying basic expenses.

Read the Report