The requests for emergency food assistance have increased again this year and they lack of resources to meet the needs.
According to the results of the 2015 Quebec HungerCount, it is more than 1.7 million requests made per month in Quebec and more than one third are for children.
The HungerCount provides information on the usage rate of food banks in Quebec and provides a snapshot of those who turn to food assistance programs.
This year’s survey reveals that in a typical month, the organizations served by the member Moisson of the Food Banks of Quebec network respond to 1 700 821 requests (groceries, meals and snacks) for emergency food assistance: 342 987 grocery hampers given to families of 1-6 persons living in poverty in Quebec, 501 890 snacks and 855 944 meals served (including collective kitchens and wheels on meals).
“While the requests are increasing year over year, our network faces an urgent need for food donations. Children and elderlies, amongst the most vulnerable of the society, are amongst the one that are more affected by hunger in Quebec. This situation is troubling in a wealthy society like ours and we need all the help we can get to give food to those in need. A $1 donation allows us to give the equivalent of 3 meals” confirms Zakary O. Rhissa, executive director of Food Banks of Quebec.
Highlights from HungerCount 2015:
- Increase of monthly emergency food assistance requests: 1 700 821 comparing to 1 601 115 in 2014.
- 36% of requests for children under 18 years old.
- Lack of food in the community organizations:
- 1% had to give fewer products
- 4% had to close early or not open their doors
- 14% of households who turn to a food bank for assistance each
month do so for the first time in 2014.
- 5 % of the requests come from people with employment income
The complete HungerCount Quebec 2015 (French) report is available at:
Source : Press release