Ontario Association of Food Banks

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The Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) is a food bank network in the Canadian province of Ontario. Founded in 1992, the OAFB represents 125 food banks, and over 1,100 hunger-relief organizations across the province, including: urban and rural food banks, community kitchens, breakfast clubs and school meal programs, community food centres, emergency shelters, and seniors' facilities.[1] The mission of the Ontario Association of Food Banks is to "strengthen communities by providing food banks with food, resources, and solutions that address both short and long-term food insecurity."[2]

Every year, the OAFB releases a research report on hunger and food bank use in Ontario. In 2015, the OAFB Hunger Report[3] revealed:

  • 358,963 people accessed food banks across Ontario in March 2015, with 120,554 of those clients being children under 18 years of age
  • 35% increase in senior citizens visiting food banks over the previous year
  • 49% of food bank clients are single-person households
  • 90% of food bank clients are either rental or social housing tenants
  • Over 12% of senior citizens fall below Ontario’s Low Income Measure. This number more than doubles to 27% when looking at seniors who also identify as single
  • Senior citizens are expected to represent 23% of the population by 2030
  • Single person households represent almost 50% of those who visit food banks, an 11% increase over the past 5 years
  • The average food bank client spends 70% of their income on rent, leaving very little for all other necessities
  • 1 in 3 jobs in Ontario is temporary, contract, or part-time. An individual working full time, at minimum-wage will have an annual income of approximately $21,000, falling well below Ontario’s Low Income Measure

In 2007, the OAFB has been noted for innovative programming by the Globe and Mail[4] and the Toronto Star.[5]


  1. ^ "About the OAFB – Ontario Association of Food Banks". oafb.ca. Retrieved 2016-09-22. 
  2. ^ "About the OAFB – Ontario Association of Food Banks". oafb.ca. Retrieved 2016-09-22. 
  3. ^ "2015 Hunger Report" (PDF). 
  4. ^ Maxwell, Judith (December 17, 2007). "Feeding the hungry takes an innovative spirit". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2015-10-24. 
  5. ^ "Greenbox Christmas". The Toronto Star. December 8, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 

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