Recession Increasing Hunger Among Vulnerable and Marginalized, Inquiry Hears

November 26, 2010, 12:10 PM EST

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A Hunger Inquiry conducted by the Recession Relief Coalition in Toronto recently heard about the real impact of the recession on the most vulnerable and marginalized residents of the city.

The inquiry brought together front line workers, social service agency staff, community leaders, academics and those directly affected by hunger to present their knowledge, experiences and ideas to a panel of experts on Tuesday, November 23.

The Recession Relief Coalition, which is a Toronto-based group of organizations and individuals, will use the Hunger Inquiry to make formal recommendations to government and businesses in December.

The recession has increased hunger across Canada according to the umbrella group Food Banks Canada. Since 2009 Food Bank use is up nine per cent across Canada. In March, 2010 a total of 867,948 people were helped by Food Banks in Canada, the highest level on record. 

At the Toronto event, inquiry panellists including CAW Economist Jim Stanford, heard that many factors contribute to the prevalence of hunger in Canada, including declining welfare and disability benefits, low minimum wages, and inadequate supports for people with disabilities and mental illness.

To find out more about the Hunger Inquiry and the Recession Relief Coalition please visit


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