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Wealth Rises in Canada’s Recovery, But So Does Food Bank Usage

  • Inflation, pandemic and frayed social nets threaten vulnerable
  • Food banks brace for surge in demand in 2022 as prices rise
      
Photographer: Angel Garcia/Bloomberg
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Food insecurity is rising in Canada, a country that has long-prided itself on its social safety net -- including a roughly C$300 billion pandemic relief package meant to leave no one behind.

The number of people turning to food banks rose 10% in the province of Ontario during the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic. That’s aligned with figures that show food bank usage across the country was significantly higher this past March than in 2019.