The high cost of housing combined with insufficient social assistance means nearly half a million Ontarians needed to use a food bank last year, a new report says.

The 2017 Hunger Report from the Ontario Association of Food Banks released Monday shows 499,415 individuals used a food bank between April 1, 2016 and March 31 of this year.

A third of those who needed to turn to the food bank are children.

The numbers are up three per cent over previous years, the association’s executive director Carolyn Stewart told CBC.