More than 840,000 Canadians got food from a food bank in March this year. That isn’t the number who needed food they couldn’t afford. It’s just the number who swallowed their pride and figured out when and where they could collect a box of groceries consisting for the most part of stuff grocery shoppers didn’t want for themselves.
Soup kitchens, homeless shelters, school breakfast programs, etc. served 4,308,140 meals and snacks to Canadians that same month.
Over the course of 2014 Canadians will have made more than 14 million visits to food banks. This year 1.8 million unique individuals will pick up their groceries at a food bank.