Yesterday the Daily Bread Food Bank published it’s annual “Who’s Hungry?” report. Despite the funny name, the report painted a bleak picture of poverty; the number of people relying on food banks in Toronto doubled this year.
The report also revels that Toronto food banks have been visited 2.5 million times this year, a 51% increase over last year. To be clear how bad things really are, this is the highest annual increase in food bank usage ever reported.
“Skyrocketing housing costs, food inflation, stagnating wages, and insufficient income supports are pushing more and more households into poverty. Food banks are at their breaking point.”
– Neil Hetherington, CEO Daily Bread Food Bank
Food bank users have an average monthly income of $1131, a thousand dollars UNDER the official poverty line, which Toronto defines as $2302 for a single person. Compounding the issue, 35% of food bank users have a disability.
Solutions to these problems will require hard work from the federal, provincial and local governments. But each one of us can still do our part to help. Demaras Racing has teamed up with Race Lab and ‘Crazy Leo’ Urlichich to create an fundraiser and food drive in support of the Daily Bread.
Visit K1 Speed Toronto on Sunday December 3rd 2023 to drop off your non-perishable food donation as part of our food drive, or buy a ticket to compete in the RALLY AGAINST HUNGER go-kart race, as proceeds from the event are also being donated to the Daily Bread Food Bank.