Posthaste: Inflation drives food bank use to record levels in 2022, report finds

According to a new survey by Food Banks Canada, high inflation caused a record number of Canadians to use food banks in 2022.

In March 2022, there were approximately 1.5 million visits to Canadian food banks, according to the HungerCount 2022 report.

That represents the greatest ever March usage, up 35% from 2020 and 15% from 2021.

The top three reasons people used food banks this year were housing costs, low provincial social assistance rates, and food expenditures.

A survey responder from Ontario stated in the report that "the quick rate of inflation, coupled with increased rental expenses, is forcing folks who were already living uncomfortably close to the brink, off that edge."

The rising cost of living in Canada has had an especially negative impact on low-income households.