FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 5, 2013
OTTAWA – Five years after the recession the Conservatives have failed to revive the economy and the number of Canadians relying on food banks remains higher than pre-2008 figures.
Food Banks Canada’s latest report indicates that Canadians’ food bank use is 23 per cent higher than before the recession began in 2008. Worse yet, over 30 per cent of food bank users are children and 11 per cent are Indigenous people.
“Canadians are paying the price for the Conservatives’ failure to create quality well-paid jobs,” said NDP Employment and Social Development critic Jinny Sims (Newton – North Delta). “New Democrats believe that no one should have to choose between paying the rent and buying food. The Conservatives must take steps to address food insecurity.”