About 45 per cent of Canadians who rely on food banks live in Ontario, according to a new report being released Monday.

And one-third of the 375,000 Ontarians who use a food bank every month are under age 18, says the Ontario Association of Food Banks’ 2013 Hunger Report.

Although the overall number of food bank users this year is down from last year’s record high of almost 413,000, it is still more than in 2008, when the global economic recession hit, the report says.

“Ontario has really been hit much harder than any other province by the loss of good-paying jobs that aren’t coming back,” said the association’s executive director Bill Laidlaw. “It’s a sad thing when you think close to 50 per cent of the food-bank users are now in Ontario.”