Ottawa

'Hunger does not discriminate': Food Bank releases 2016 report

Job loss, high rent, insufficient social assistance and lack of health benefits in cases of critical illness are some of the reasons 41,500 people use the Ottawa Food Bank each month, according to a new report.
Donations for the Ottawa Food Bank were collected at a Christmas party at City Hall on Dec. 3, 2016. (CBC)

Job loss, high rent, insufficient social assistance and lack of health benefits in cases of critical illness are some of the reasons 41,500 people use the Ottawa Food Bank each month, according to a new report.

"Hunger is a complex, persistent and changing problem," according to the Ottawa Hunger Report 2016. "Hunger does not discriminate, and in Ottawa it is mostly invisible." 

Hunger can include undernourishment, which is a lack of calories, or malnutrition, which is a lack of protein, energy and nutrients.

The Ottawa Food Bank has a new program to help gather "more accurate information about who and where our clients are, understand their needs, and find the best solutions to help them."

Here's a snapshot of food bank users in Ottawa.

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