The rising cost of groceries and housing are behind a spike in the number of people using food banks across Ottawa this year, according to a new report.

The Ottawa Food Bank’s report, released Monday, details a dramatic 5.6 per cent hike in the number of people using food banks across the city since 2016. That means nearly 20,000 people in Ottawa relied on the city’s 28 community food banks in 2017, an increase of more than 1,000 individuals over 2016.

A lack of affordable housing and rising food costs are to blame, according to the report.