The number of people relying on Toronto food banks has doubled this year, reaching “crisis” levels, according to a new report on food insecurity in the city.

The report found that one in 10 Torontonians regularly rely on food banks, up from one in 20 last year, a “grim reality” caused by the rising cost of living.

The annual report, “Who’s Hungry,” was published Nov. 14 by the Daily Bread Food Bank and North York Harvest Food Bank, two Toronto-based non-profits that have witnessed an increasing dependency on charities to survive.

There were 2.53 million client visits to Toronto food banks between April 1, 2022, and March 31, 2023–a 51 percent increase compared to the previous year. The report described it as “the highest annual increase ever reported,” adding that if usage were to continue at its current rate, that number would climb to three million visits by the end of December.

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