More Ontarians With Jobs Are Using Food Banks

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Ontarians with full and part-time jobs are increasingly using food banks.

Over the past three years, there has been a 27% increase in the number of people reaching out for help.

The organization Feed Ontario, which oversees Ontario's food banks, says residents with full and part-time jobs are increasingly using food banks to put food on their tables.

The findings are contained in a report that tracked usage data among the 510,000 Ontarians who used a food bank between April 2018 and March 2019.

According to Feed Ontario, the province's labour market conditions make it difficult for workers to make ends meet.

The report also found that nearly half of those currently earning minimum wage are over the age of 25, with a third of them having a post-secondary degree.

 

— with files from The Canadian Press