Donations of money can help food banks buy much-needed items that aren’t commonly donated, such as baby formula.
One of America’s top heavy metal bands, Metallica, will be playing for charity tonight at Toronto’s Opera House, donating proceeds to the Daily Bread Food Bank.
According to a report released today by the Bank of Montreal (BMO), Canada’s average Consumer Price Index (CPI) rate soared to 2.4 per cent this year: a 1.5 per cent increase compared to last year’s 0.9 per cent. The inflation rate in Toronto alone exceeded the national average to reach three per cent.
The director of the Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto says the face of hunger in Toronto is changing. Gail Nyberg, executive director of the food bank, says more of her clients are newly arrived immigrants who came to Toronto hoping to gain employment. Instead, they are struggling to find work and relying on the food bank’s support to make ends meet.
Eating right often comes down to economics, says the Daily Bread Food Bank’s Sarah Anderson. “Hunger is not about food, it’s about poverty,” she said. “Our focus is mainly on non-perishables (but) it’s most important that perishable foods are consumed as soon as possible,” said Anderson.