Of food bank users,
- 38% are children;
- 7% are seniors;
- 12% are Aboriginal;
- 15% receive disability benefits;
- 17% are or were recently employed; and
- 51% receive social assistance.
“In 2007-2008, 1.92 million people in Canada aged 12 or older, including 228,500 children aged 12 to 17, lived in food-insecure households. Almost one third of these people, including 546,100 adults and 60,000 children aged 12 to 17, lived in households with severe food insecurity.”
Source: Health Canada, Household Food Insecurity In Canada in 2007-2008: Key Statistics and Graphics
“British Columbia’s child poverty rate fell for the second consecutive year to 14.5 per cent in 2008, using Statistics Canada’s Low Income Cut-Offs before-tax as a measure of poverty… The number of poor children in BC was 121,000 – more than the total populations of Campbell River, Mission, Squamish and Vernon combined.”
Source: 2010 Child Poverty Report Card
“One in 10 children still lives in poverty in Canada. It’s worse for children living in First Nations communities: one in four grow up in poverty."
"Employment is not always an assured pathway out of poverty: 1 in 3 low-income children lives in families where at least one parent works full-time year round and almost 400,000 adult full-time workers earn less than $10 per hour."
"Child poverty is persistent across Canada: rates of child and family poverty (LICO before-tax) are in the double digits in all provinces."
"The gap between rich and poor has widened: On average, for every dollar the families in the poorest 10 per cent had, families in the richest 10 per cent had almost 13 times as much ($12.66) in 2008.”