In 2014, The Daily Bread collected data on why people are hungry. What they found ran counter-culture to what modern society thinks about food bank users.
In Birch Cliff, losing a job or a disability made up more than half of food bank users and more than 60% of people give up a meal to pay for costs related to housing each month.
Hunger is the result of a lack of money
|Food Bank users||Average Birch Cliff Resident|
|% Spent on rent and utilities||71%||20%|
|% living on social assistance as their main source of income||65%||21%|
|Money available per day after rent is paid||$6.13||$220|
|Who are children||31%||17%|