Hunger Lives Here: Risks and Challenges Faced by Food Bank Clients During COVID-19
Author: Catherine Hu, Peter Ochs, Talia Bronstein, Tyler Schnare
Topic: Poverty issues
Publisher: Daily Bread Food Bank
Location: Canada, Ontario
Format: Report
Content Type: Research
Publication Date: August 10, 2020

This report provides quantitative and qualitative data about the experience of hunger and poverty in Toronto during COVID-19. Based on phone surveys with over 220 food bank clients in May and June 2020 and an analysis of food bank client intake data, the report demonstrates that COVID-19 has led to increased reliance on food banks. The rate of new clients accessing food banks has tripled since the pandemic began. Among new clients, 76% report that they began accessing food banks as a result of COVID-19 and the associated economic downturn.

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