Staggering Rise in Seniors Using Food Banks
In their annual Hunger Report released this past week, the Ontario Association of Food Banks has noted a 35% increase in the volume of seniors requiring help from food banks in 2015, from 2014.
Sharon Lee, Executive Director, Ontario Association of Food Banks, notes that this is a “staggering rise” and has been accompanied by a “dramatic rise in the number of single person households, visiting Ontario’s food banks…(and) believe that these demographic changes are reflective of a lack of affordable housing in our province, insufficient social assistance and senior citizen support programs,”
Finding appropriate, affordable housing and meeting senior’s nutritional needs are among the top concerns for seniors, their friends, families, and support resources. The Hunger Report shows that 27% of single senior citizens fall below Ontario’s Low-Income Measure, and this metric is expected to increase given the aging senior population.
With the aging baby boomers poised to tip the balance of seniors into a larger demographic segment than ever before in history – these issues need to be addressed at all levels of government.