A recent survey commissioned by Food Banks Canada found that a growing number of Canadians are reporting they are facing hunger and food insecurity due to rising inflation and housing costs. In April, inflation hit its highest in three decades, hitting nearly seven percent.

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A poll by Mainstreet Research shows that one in five, about 7 million Canadians, currently report being hungry, and 23 percent report that they are eating less “than they think they should” because they don’t have enough money for food. . The percentage of those who earn less than $50,000 a year and eat less is nearly double the average.

Food banks across Canada typically see a decline in demand during the summer months, but there has been no sign of slowing this year. “Food banks in most parts of Canada are facing an influx of Canadians visiting food banks for the first time — a number that has increased by 25 percent in some regions, something we haven’t seen since the first few months of the pandemic. said Kirsten Beardsley, CEO of Food Banks Canada.

“The biggest sign that inflation is seriously affecting hunger and food insecurity in Canada is that the reasons people say they go to food banks are changing,” Beardley said. “In the past, people turned to food banks when they lost their jobs or because of lower wages, but over the past six months, Canadians have been telling us they are running out of money for food due to rising housing, gas, energy costs and food”.

Statistics Canada reports that consumers paid 9.7% more for groceries in April compared to last year, the biggest year-over-year increase since September 1981. the price of fruit jumped 10 percent.

Speaking to CBC News, Breanna Cordeiro of Oakville, Ontario, said rising gas prices combined with stagnant wages have forced her family to look for ways to save money. “When you look at budgeting, is it like where can we make some cuts?” she said. “And, unfortunately, sometimes it has to be food.” Opting for meatless meals and stocking up mostly on what’s on sale goes this far, but even then, the mother-of-two says it can be tricky. “The flyer comes out every Wednesday or Thursday and says, ‘Is this on sale? Is this the selling price? This is something you paid full price for even six months ago,” she said.

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