Representatives of the Cambridge and North Dumfries Social Planning Council provided Cambridge city council with the good, the bad and the ugly Monday night in presenting its annual Community Trends Report.

Getting down to basics in the essential areas – food and shelter – the all-time highs are disturbing.

The report found the cost of food in 2012 increased significantly, making it more difficult for people on low incomes to afford to eat.

At The Bridges, Cambridge’s homeless shelter, 8,000 more meals were served during 2012 than in 2011. The total number of dinners served for the year was 40,233.