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Nearly a quarter of Canadians report consuming less than needed as prices increase

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Key takeaways: 

  • 1 in 5 Canadians noted going hungry between March 2020 and March 2022.
  • Food Bank Canada poll shows that hunger and food insecurity are rising, with lower-income Canadians struck hardest by inflation.

A new survey means many Canadians struggles with the rising food price as the costs of basics like pasta, bread, and meat all soar.

Food Bank Canada poll indicates hunger and food insecurity are rising across the nation, with lower-income Canadians struck hardest by inflation.

“It’s hard to hear just how many people in this nation are struggling,” Food Banks Canada CEO Kirstin Beardsley said in an interview Monday. “We found that almost one in five Canadians report going hungry over the previous two years.”

The survey, led by Mainstreet Research, found nearly a quarter of Canadians reported consuming less than they should because there wasn’t sufficient money for food — a figure that almost doubled for those earning under $50,000 a year.

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A new survey means many Canadians struggles with the rising food price as the costs of basics like pasta, bread, and meat all soar

One in five Canadians reported starving at least once between March 2020 and March 2022.

The automated telephone interview poll questioned 4,009 adults from February 25 to March 2. For comparison aims only, a random selection of the same size would produce a margin of mistake of plus or minus 1.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

Food banks pushed

Beardsley says most food banks are already stretched to their boundary, and this summer is predicted to be the most difficult in the organization’s 41-year history.

“Food banks in most parts of Canada are undergoing an inflow of Canadians visiting food banks for the first time — a number that’s risen by up to 25 percent in some provinces,” she said.

Source – cbc.ca

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